Last week, my mother made dinners, nice dinners, for multiple days in a row. It was amazing, and as of late due to the stressful house-moving and busy chaos – unheard of.
She texted me excitedly.
Yes you can text excitedly, I could tell.
She said, “Britt, I just bought all of the ingredients to make a completely organic pesto.”
I knew it would be a good night.
No, of course M wouldn’t touch the stuff. Green.. Slimy… stuff.
Too bad for you M. TOO BAD.
So, I asked my momma to do a guest post . My mom everybody:
Dear Brittany….my blog (originally wrote blob, and it is likely a better title)
Sometimes when I have to deal with certain demands (read: differently aged and differently needs-oriented children, new house purchase negotiations/renovations, and general helping people to make sure the world is a better place aka work) I need to pretend that my life isn’t really happening. This ‘pretending’ takes the form of watching late night ‘light’ tv shows like ‘tell me you love me’ or ‘starter wife’ and sometimes it takes the form of cooking a real meal in the midst of a chaotic kitchen (just to ‘pretend’ it isn’t chaotic). Well, yes, unbelievable as it is, I made a real meal during a week night (I usually make something like veggies on a plate with organic macaroni and cheese to make me feel less guilty). But on this occasion I went for real. I have to first write that I LOVE Pioneer Woman’s recipes and have NEVER found a bad one (her butter chicken is to die for)…and it is this resource I used when I needed to pretend that life was not as chaotic as it was.
I could go on and pontificate about how making real meals may also keep people real & build self esteem (because I think it can) but I’ll just say that I made this yummy Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce because I needed to. I also had a glimmer of hope that M. would eat it – but that didn’t happen (the shapes weren’t ‘normal’ macaroni shape). Moving on.
I hope you check out this easy to make recipe and that you enjoy bringing it to your family dinner table the way I did…thank goodness I can always count on G. and Brittany to enjoy a good meal – that is my reward and it gave me the nice piece of normal that I needed that day.
Thanks to my daughter for letting me (read: persisted until I felt like I was letting her whole blog down) post this recipe on her blog!! Thanks Brit – you’re the greatest! Love Mom xoxoxoxoxoxox (to the power of infinity and beyond).
Creamy Pesto Pasta
Originally from Pioneer Woman
- 3/4 cups Fresh (Organic) Basil Leaves
- 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Reggiano Cheese
- 3 Tablespoons (Organic) Pine Nuts
- 2 cloves Garlic, Peeled
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- Grated Parmesan (to top)
- 12 ounces, cavitappi pasta
- 1.5 – 2 cups cherry/grape tomatoes cut in half
Cook Pasta to desired consistency (Al-Dente).Blend Basil, Parmesan, Pine Nuts, and S&P to a blender (or food processor if you are so lucky). Blend and pour in olive oil while mixing. Heat cream and butter in a saucepan over med-low heat, then add pesto and stir. Add to cooked pasta and toss with tomatoes.
THANKS MOM. I LOVE YOU TOO.