When I was younger I liked my spaghetti heavy in tomato sauce done Filipino style, meaning heavy on the sugar for the sweet taste. But as my taste buds matured and my preferences became more urbane, I found myself looking for more authentic Italian flavors.
I still enjoy spaghetti and thankfully my family has the same preference now for the sour Italian blend and al dente noodles. But I realized that the best pasta are often the simple ones, like the herby taste of pesto.
Pesto is a sauce comes from rendering basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. It actually shares the Latin origin of the kitchen implement used to render the raw herbs into sauce, the pestle of mortar and pestle. So that is how basically it is prepared, through the pounding and grounding of said raw materials.
|Pesto pasta as prepared by my sister. |
I had this for my birthday a coupe of years back.
|Spaghetti Al Pesto at Pizza Hut. Served with a wedge of garlic bread.|
|The pesto pasta at Italianni's. |
The photo is a little puny,
but it is the only one I had rights to.
I love pesto so much that my sister always stashes a little extra away when she's doing pasta. It's a great idea to add pesto to mayonnaise for gourmet style sandwiches and that where we often use the extra pesto we've kept com our pasta meal. It gives ordinary sandwiches a little bite and a whiff of sophistication.