Garden Pesto Pasta

Our garden is overflowing this year, but of only with a few things at a time.  Each week has brought a new bounty from the containers.  I had a lot of basil this week. Basil=Pesto in my mind (that is, when I don’t have fresh mozzarella cheese).

Our tomatoes aren’t quite ready, so I opted for the local baby heirlooms around.

With these ingredients, my stomach was begging for pasta. Recipe is included below:
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Here is what you’ll need:

2 handfuls of basil

About a 1/4 olive oil

4 cloves of garlic

veggies of any kind, I chose tomatoes and zucchini

a little of the “shaky parmesan cheese”


Here is the Garden Pesto Pasta Recipe- it is super scientific:

Add basil, garlic, cheese, and olive oil to the food processor, or blender in my case, and blend until only small flecks of basil are floating around in there.

Next, cut your veggies, I used about 12 baby tomatoes and a few large slices of zucchini. Place on a cooking sheet, drizzle a little olive oil and salt, roast in the oven for a few minutes.  In that time, cook about two cups of pasta. I like firm pasta, so I chose bowtie.

First layer pasta, then veggies, then pesto, and a little more cheese.

This is a perfect meal or a great side dish in the summer if you have an incredible amount of basil, tomatoes, and zucchini.



Good Gravy

If you haven’t scurried down to the Bearded Lady Food Company yet, you’ve been missing out. It is a quandary why there isn’t a line out the door yet.  Maybe it is because perfect strangers give up seats to make room, to-go orders are picked up, or the entire population of Olympia hasn’t yet caught on…

Anyway, I have visited this place for a sweet dessert or two but hadn’t ventured down for brunch.  The timing was right to join my favorite foodie for a quick bite.  Easy to park, easy to sit by the window and people watch.  Good coffee, good smells, and good gravy, the food.

I ordered the Hash Platter and she the Sweetie Pie Platter. Both satisfied our savory needs.  DELISH.

This place is a hidden gem in Oly, cash only and comfortable.

Fri: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Be daring and order something out of your ordinary, you will be very happy that you did.