Gigantic, pillowy snowflakes cartwheeled from Sunday afternoon’s sky, blanketing the landscape with a quiet that reflected my mood. Hours earlier, our Thanksgiving house guests had departed, I’d dropped our children at O’Hare for their return flights to school, and my husband had scooted off for a business trip. The house echoed with emptiness.
When most people think of pesto, the traditional version made with basil and pine nuts comes to mind. Did you know you can make pesto with many herb and nut combinations? You can even use blanched spinach, kale or arugula instead of, or in combination with, fresh herbs. Mixed herb pesto is one of my favorites, and it’s a great way to use up any leftover tender herbs in your fridge. I used a combination of basil, parsley and chives, but a handful of fresh mint or a smidge of tarragon would be wonderful additions as well.
Here the pesto is served over bucatini, but it’s also a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables, meats, fish, and shellfish. Everyone in my family loves a dollop stirred into mayonnaise for sandwiches (especially roast beef), and I love it in place of tomato sauce on homemade pizza. So versatile! Continue reading