Posts Tagged ‘pesto’

Because it’s GREEN (you know, for Christmas?!), AND I love it, I figured we’d feature this basil pesto sauce from yet one more Chicagogrammer on the Recipe Countdown! I truly can’t believe I’ve blogged for 23 days straight, and so far I’ve only made one of these recipes. Hint: it was a dip. Leave me a comment if you know which one it was. But back to pesto! This classic recipe comes to us from Kelly of Chicago Supper Club, and it looks fantastic. Man I love pesto.
Classic Basil Pesto

Classic Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for storage
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino romano or Asiago cheese
  • coarse sea salt to taste

For the full recipe with instructions, visit Chicago Supper Club!

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Let’s be honest. I should consider eating a vegetable other than cheese popcorn sometime soon. Is quinoa a vegetable? In December, it’s close enough for me. Oh, but wait, this quinoa dish from my friend Anne over at ASquared actually does contain a vegetable – squash!! Oh, and pesto, which definitely contains basil, which is a vegetable-lite and pine nuts, which are a…legume, which is just a fancy word for almost a vegetable. Oh, and dried cranberries, the best of all dried fruits. Anyhow, this dish looks extremely satisfying, and kudos to Anne for inventing this bowl of awesome. Hi to you and the fam, Anne!

SquashQuinoa

Herb-Roasted Squash with Quinoa & Cranberries

Ingredients

  • 2 small squash like acorn, sweet dumpling and/or delicata squash, seeds and membranes scooped out
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced *Anne likes cippolini or Vidalia onions 
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 Tbs. Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup prepared sage pesto *Anne’s recipe is here
  • 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped

For the rest of the recipe with instructions, visit Anne over at ASquared.

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I’ve been meaning to tell you something. I’m kind of on a low-calorie, but more importantly, low-carb(ish) diet. I’ve been making just TONS of zoodles, and making Main Squeeze eat quite reasonable, healthy dinners. Don’t worry, he’s lost 5 pounds, and wasn’t even on this low carb train. Unsure of my exact scale progress, I’d call it infinitesimally slow to quite infinitesimally slow. Ughhhh.

Naturally welcoming any opportunity to stuff face with carbs for heaps of internet fame, I gleefully accepted Giovanni Rana’s offer to participate for the second year in their annual Ravioli Challenge – you know, the one where they send the blogger crew amazing, delicious ravioli, and for every time we (and our adoring fans – hi, Mom!) use the hashtag #RanaRavioliChallenge, they’ll donate a pound of pasta to our local food bank, in my case, the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Due solely to the fact that I am on low-carb(ish) diet, I decided I couldn’t eat all four bags of ravioli they sent me by myself, so Main Squeeze and I hosted a ravioli dinner party. We dinner party quite well.

Rana Ravioli Party

Rana Ravioli Party

And, oh yeah, it was kind of a St. Patty’s Day party as well.

So, onto the ravioli. IT’S SO GOOD. It has REAL CARBS in it. And CHEESE, GLORIOUS CHEESE. And, dude, the PESTO SAUCE. Pesto sauce is what 97.6% of what my dreams are made of.

Rana Pesto Sauce

Rana Ravioli Pesto

We tried the mushroom ravioli, spinach and cheese, and just cheese. We also made homemade Bolognese, which I’ll be revealing as a recipe sometime soon(ish) on this very blog.

Ravioli with Bolognese

It was a triumph. Additionally, we left the cheese ravioli alone for those who wanted to choose their own sauce adventure, and I have to add, it was just as delicious sans sauce, as with, which I believe is a true testament to how top notch those carbs are.

I’m not the only super famous blogger who participated in this challenge. Take a look at some of the other blogger babes (lots of cool ladies from the Chicago blogger crew, too, yay!) who rocked this ravioli challenge, and don’t forget to give ravioli the righteous attention it deserves on its name day, and get your hashtag on – #RanaRavioliChallenge.

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