Last night we had our annual Halloween Dinner. Every year we like to have a fun dinner the week of Halloween. I like to make a different “Halloween-ish” dinner and this year I decided to make some Basil Pesto Pasta, mainly because of the green color and the fact that it is delicious!
We also ate some Garlic Mummy Bread. I made it just like you would a regular garlic bread with some butter and garlic salt, but then added some strips of string cheese and some candy eyeballs. We did not eat the candy eyeballs, in case you were wondering, although you totally could.
I also threw together a simple green salad and then added some carrots that I cut a Jack-O-Lantern faces in them with a knife. I also added some swiss cheese ghosts which I just cut out of slices of swiss cheese. I wish this were my own creative idea…but I totally borrowed it from my friend Haley who had a posted a picture of her salad on Instagram. She is adorable if you need another fun account to follow.
I also roasted some veggies (brussel sprouts, tomatoes, and mushrooms) to toss in the Basil Pesto Pasta. So yummy! For the pasta I used some angel hair pasta and then threw in a few tortellini’s to give it some “eyeball-ish” texture.
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And because I like to share, I am going to share with you this yummy Basil Pesto Recipe.
3 cups of fresh Basil
3/4 cup fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
2-3 cloves of Garlic
1/3 cup Pine Nuts
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1. Place all ingredients into a food processor, except for the Olive Oil.
2. Pour the Olive Oil into the food processor while it is running. Add a little more oil if you want a thinner consistency.
We like to eat is on pasta as the “sauce” and usually add some roasted vegetables. To roast your vegetables, simply grab your favorite and slice them in half (if needed). Lay them onto a baking sheet and then drizzle a good amount of Olive Oil over them. Roast them in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes (different vegetables may take more of less time to roast so keep an eye on them so they don’t burn).
There are so many different ways to eat Basil Pesto. Dip some delicious bread into it along with some Balsamic Vinegar. Or use it as a spread on a Pizza Crust or a Panini Sandwich. You can also make a large batch of Basil Pesto and freeze half of it to pull out for an easy dinner or snack at a later time.
And even though it is green, and we only had tears from one child about the “green” dinner…it is actually a dish that everyone at our house enjoys and looks forward to eating.
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