Thursday, March 24, 2011

I have a serious crush… on pesto! I have to admit, in all my (clearing throat) years on this planet, I had never tasted the stuff until this December!
Jenn came to a Christmas party at our home with the rest of the young married Sunday School class and brought a pesto spread. Which is basically softened cream cheese, pesto and chopped Roma tomatoes. Bake it until is soft and piping hot. Oh. My. Goodness! I was hooked. She graciously let me keep the left-overs! (Did you know that stuff is good on baked potatoes too?!)

A couple of weeks ago on Twitter someone posted a link to Good Cheap Eats for a Feta and Pesto salad. I was all over that! It looked delicious but one look at the recipe ingredients and I knew my man of the house would have “issues” with that. The man calls the bread I eat “sticks-n-twigs” bread! (sorry honey). I left out the dried cranberries and sunflower seeds. Sometimes, ya just gotta make sacrifices, ya know? But here’s the recipe as Good Cheap Eats listed it:

Pesto & Feta Pasta Salad with Cranberries

12 oz. rainbow rotini, cooked, drained, rinsed and cooled
½ cup basil pesto
½ cup feta cheese crumbles
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup sunflower seeds

In a large bowl combine the cooked rotini and pesto. Toss well.
Add the feta cheese, cranberries, and sunflower seeds. Toss gently and serve.

So, now that I have this new found infatuation with Pesto, I'm looking for more tried-n-true recipes using it. Do you have any recipes using Pesto? I’d love to try ‘em! Leave a comment and, if you have one, a link!


  1. If you like pesto, you will probably like this hearty dip using pesto.

  2. I just tried pesto, like a year ago...sometimes it makes you feel sad on what you have been missing.

  3. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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  4. I love pesto! Spread it on pizza dough for the sauce, then top with sun-dried tomatoes and some mozzarella cheese. Yummy!

  5. Those are all some of my favorite foods...totally going to have to try out this recipe! yum!

  6. Yum! I love pesto! Stopping by from comment hour

  7. i LOVE pesto...versatile and always tasty

  8. I have barely had an appetite all day and I would kill for some of this right now!!!!! YUM!

  9. I love pesto! It's amazing how easy it is to make!! Rachael Ray makes tons of different versions.

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  10. Ok I have to admit I have never had pesto before - at least I don't think I have but anything with feta cheese is my favorite! I will have to give this a try!

  11. Hi there! Have always loved your blog! great pesto recipe!

  12. oh yum! Will have to try!

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  13. never tried this before.. gotta take note of the recipe and tried it soon

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    Interesting food dish

  15. Mmmm pesto! sounds really yummy!

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  16. Cranberries would be awesome in this!

  17. I love LOVE love pesto! This salad looks very yummy. I'm going to have to try it out!



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