Sunday, May 12, 2013

Eating pesto morning, noon and night

Trader Joe's Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto from Costco Wholesale. After boiling and draining a half-pound of pasta, I placed it in a large bowl and added 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons of the refrigerated pesto, mixing the pasta and sauce well, then garnished them with whole pine nuts and shredded Kirkland Signature Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, below.
Do not heat the pesto before adding it to the hot pasta.

Costco Wholesale has made it much too easy to enjoy pesto at any meal.

Made from 100% imported Italian basil, Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto is far better than another Costco product I tried a couple of years ago.

This is typical of Costco, which often improves on another company's products and puts its Kirkland Signature brand name on the label.

For a terrific breakfast sandwich, I have spread Costco's fragrant pesto on two halves of a baguette, added sliced, reduced-fat Swiss and placed the halves under the broiler until the cheese melted.

Another great breakfast is an omelet or eggs sunny side up eaten with Trader Joe's Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti. 

An open-face, egg-white omelet with sliced cheese and pesto is a great eye opener.

Of course, pasta pesto can be enjoyed at lunch and dinner, too.

And a teaspoon or more of pesto will elevate any broiled fish fillet. 

The Basil Pesto, which comes in a 22-ounce clear plastic jar, is made from a half-dozen ingredients, including what is described as "pure, sweet basil" from the region of Liguria and Pecorino Romano sheep's milk cheese.

I have always preferred to make my own pesto, because I use far more basil than just about anyone else, but Costco's version is the best substitute for homemade I've found. 

Here is a recipe for Blender Pesto from a post I wrote in January:

Marcella Hazan's Blender Pesto Recipe 

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