It’s too bad Alex reads my blog. He’s going to see that this dinner took me barely 5 minutes to prepare. Oh well, by the time he reads this, he will have already done the dishes for me. (You have no idea how awesome it is to have someone do the dishes. Seriously.)
The weather turned cool again over the weekend, and Monday evening I was craving a little comfort food. I had a package of gnocchi that I’d picked up at Trader Joe’s, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it. It seemed like I should pair it with a super creamy, cheesy sauce, but I wasn’t entirely in the mood for creamy… so I settled on pesto. The problem was, I’d never made pesto. It figured it couldn’t be that hard, right?
Good news, it wasn’t. I browsed a few recipes online, but in my usual fashion, I ended up just using what I had on hand. I tried to pay attention to portions so you could recreate it!
5 Minute Pesto
Makes about 1 cup of pesto (<-that’s a lot)
- 1 package of fresh basil leaves, washed and dried (about 8 big leaves)
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
- Salt to taste
This recipe is super simple. I literally dumped everything in my tiny food processor and pulsed until it was a smooth consistency. I will note that I added a little too much crushed red pepper and it was super spicy. I cut down on the spice by adding a tablespoon of sugar, but as long as you only add 1/8 tsp, you should be just fine. You can definitely play with these ratios. I think next time I might add a tiny bit more basil, I just didn’t have any more on hand.
I was boiling a big pot of water while I was making pesto, so once I was finished, I added in a pack of Trader Joe’s Potato Gnocchi, which only needs to boil for 2 minutes. Yes, 2 minutes. It’s even easier than pasta. I was actually really pleased with the gnocchi. Not bad for a packaged food. I’d definitely buy it again. If you’re not in the mood for gnocchi, you could also use this pesto on whole wheat pasta, crusty french bread, or over roasted tomatoes.
This dinner came together so quickly, we finished just in time to catch Jeopardy. Alex beat me, as usual.
I’ll be keeping this recipe in mind for those nights when I want something a little fancy, but don’t have time to spend in the kitchen. With this recipe, there are really no excuses.