If you know us, that's a pretty big accomplishment...we do love our animal proteins here in the Broughton house.
The recipe is below, but first I must introduce you to my little friend:
(my momma introduced him to me)
Classico's Traditional Basil Pesto
It's about $3, and it makes two meals! What a deliciously great deal!
Funny story - Mom gave me a jar of this in the "pantry care package" she made for me when they put our kitchen back together post-flood. She told me she tosses the whole jar of pesto with pasta and serves it with a chicken breast. Dad walks over to me and mutters 'a little goes a really long way.' And that's one of the many reasons why I love my parents - I guarantee my dad eats it every time she makes it!
Funnier story - The "pantry care package" had 3 things in it that weren't expired 1) the pesto 2) a bottle of bbq sauce 3) a box of gravy mix. Fun fact: a box of spaghetti purchased today generally doesn't expire for 3 years...the one in our care package expired in 2008. Thanks for cleaning out your pantry, Mom! Love you!
Amanda's Pesto Pasta
- One box Whole Grain Penne
- 1/2 jar Classico's Traditional Basil Pesto - shake it up first so the oil is distributed
- 1 can black olives - slice 'em up
- ~1/2 cup Sun-Dried tomatoes - I use the pre-julienned ones so no work for me!
- 2 8oz. packages of sliced mushrooms - I use whatever type is on sale...
- Salt / Pepper
- Parmesan cheese for topping
Boil water and cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, saute the mushrooms in olive oil with a sprinkling of salt and pepper until tender and delicious! Drain the pasta and return to pasta pot. Toss in the pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, sliced olives, and mushrooms. Spoon a large helping onto a plate and top with some Parmesan cheese shavings!
P.S. If we weren't going meatless, it's also super delicious with a grilled chicken breast sliced up and tossed in in place of one of the packages of mushrooms - almost just like Mom makes!