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Today I’m talking about all things pesto! No recipes today, just simple ideas for quick meals & bites to eat.
I’ve been sampling Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto the past few weeks. I’m quite smitten with it. I must admit, the hardest part of it all has been restraining myself from eating it straight out of the jar!
I know what you’re thinking…it’s not hard to make pesto. I agree. Thing is, I find many occasions when I need to reach for a good jar of pesto. For starters, I don’t always have basil on hand and often can’t get it at my rural grocery store. We don’t eat out often, so there’s many days I want a lunch or dinner that is simple to prepare. Also, I entertain often and have company that “drops in”, so quick, but tasty is needed.
Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is everything I want & need in a jar of pesto. So creamy, so fragrant, loaded with flavor – a little goes a long way. Oh, and it’s imported from Italy & each batch is made and jarred within three hours.
The possibilities with a good pesto are limitless….shall we explore?
Start it off simple. Pasta. One jar of Barilla Pesto is the perfect amount for a 16 ounce box of pasta. Boil pasta, drain (reserve a bit of that pasta water, of course) and stir the pesto in. Dinner in a flash.
Need some quick hors d’oeuvres or a variety of light bites? Toss together pesto, mozzarella balls & a few chopped sundried tomatoes. Delicious! I like to serve it with baguette slices & roasted garlic.
Tired of the same old sandwich? Pesto makes the best condiment! Deli sandwiches, panini, grilled chicken sandwich – spread some pesto on it to liven up that sandwich!
Looking for a quick meal? Pesto flatbread pizza! Spread pesto on flatbread, sprinkle with cheese and bake until bread is crisp and cheese is melted.
One more for today. Pesto compound butter. Add a big tablespoon of pesto (or more if you’d like) to a stick of softened butter. Mix until combined. Press into container or roll into wax paper & chill in fridge (or you can use it right away). Silicone molds work great – I even used empty chocolate packaging to form pat sizes of butter. I use pesto butter to top potatoes, smear on fresh bread, fry some scramble eggs, top fish or chicken – so many uses!
A jar of this pesto runs about $3.29 – seriously, you can’t beat that! With a price like that, you’ll be putting this pesto on everything. Click here for more info or to find it in a store near you!
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