From the Kitchen of Love and Lemons: Pizza, Pasta, & Pesto

We’re wondering – is your mouth watering yet? Because today’s menu is bursting with Italian amazingness. Flavor of choice: pesto. And thanks to our latest foodie obsession, Love and Lemons, we’re thinking outside the basil-and-pine-nut standard.

“Go look in your kitchen and see what you already have,” Love and Lemons blogger, Jeanine Donofrio, writes. “You probably already have some kind of nuts, herbs, or greens to use as a starting point. More often than not, if I make a pistachio pesto, it’s not because I’m trying to be fancy… pistachios just happened to be the nut I had that day.” Try one of her many pesto alternatives with tasty ingredients like mint, cilantro, sun-dried tomatoes, and hazelnuts.

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Photos by Jeanine Donofrio

Made the pesto? Now decide what to serve it with. Fish, meat, veggies, tofu, salad, eggs, cardboard – anything works, really. Our choice of the moment? Pappardelle (translation: wide pasta). Paired with kale pesto and fig & arugula flatbread, it’s a fresh, complex, end-of-summer supper. Just be sure to grill the flatbread until crunchy and, for a zesty bite, add crushed red pepper to the pasta.

Our Sunday Supper: Pizza, Pasta, & Pesto Boutique opens Sunday, August 25, at 11AM ET.

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August 25, 2013