Pesto is one of those timeless ingredients that everyone knows and most people love. However, variety is the spice of life and a little change to the basic recipe for pesto could do us all a little good. Indeed, though rocket is, like basil, green and incredibly adaptable, it has its own very distinctive qualities. For instance, unlike basil, rocket has a very peppery, almost spicy, taste which gives this pesto a rather unexpected kick. In reality I’m rather loath to call this creation pesto, since its character is vastly different from what people usually assume the term to mean. If it wasn’t for the fact that the process was almost identical a more apt term for this devilish creation would surely have been tapenade. In my mind, tapenade evokes thoughts of a much stronger flavour profile than does pesto.

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Pesto Pasta

As promised here is the next of my simple pasta dishes; a recipe which makes full use of the delicious pesto recipe I recently posted. It’s amazing, I’ve finally started living up to my promises – only traditional Spanish and Welsh food to come on that front. Sorry if anyone has been waiting for these empty foodie promises, they will come. However, back to the dish – this is real comfort food at its best, there is nothing quite like sitting down after a hard day with a bowl of pesto and pasta in hand. Although they do add quite a lot, the mushrooms and bacon are there merely to improve and make wholesome the already spectacular basil flavour.

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Basil Pesto

In my last post I talked about doing more recipes for pasta dishes, as they are cheap and easy to make. So, I thought I’d begin with a recipe for basil pesto, something which is really easy to make and which goes quite a long way. Indeed, one need only add a teaspoon of this sauce to a bowl of pasta to make a quick, easy and fairly wholesome meal. When I was young I went through a phase of eating this simple, yet tasty, dish pretty much every day of the week, sometimes twice a day. It really is that nice, and if you’ve never tried it… do.

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