Some of the most delicious dishes have come into creation by accident. And sometimes a side dish is so tasty it becomes the main attraction. Both were the case when I whipped up a batch of pesto on a whim the other night.
We needed a little something to complement the main dish--chicken, I think--and after scouring the fridge and pantry, I realized we had some whole wheat pasta and a whole lotta basil. And anytime there's an abundance of basil, I think of pesto. And when we happen to have all of the ingredients on hand (cheese, nuts, olive oil, garlic), I feel like it would be a crime not to make some.
Super fast, super easy, it's a hungry girl's sauce-come-true: throw a clove of garlic, a bunch of basil leaves, salt, pepper, grated cheese, and a handful of nuts (we had sliced almonds) in the food processor. Mix until combined, stream in some good olive oil with the processor running and presto! You've got pesto.
I tossed some rotini with the vibrant green goodness over low heat, then added a splash of cream (since we had some) to finish the sauce. And how did it turn out, you ask? Well, when the hubs can't even tell that the pasta it's on is whole wheat, it's definitely a sauce worth making again.