Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto by Lauren

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Your week is back in full swing and it is time to get down to business.

I like getting down to business … with pesto.

I would exfoliate with pesto.
I would use it as the air freshener in my car.
I would wear it. But since I can’t, yes, I decided to wear the colors of the Italian flag in my photo instead.
Gotta get in that mind set, ya know? Toss some Dean Martin on the iPod, pop open a bottle of vino, get after it.

Pesto is great. Basic. Versatile. INCREDIBLY Magic Bullet friendly. A great weeknight go to.

A nice spin on your traditional pesto – sundried tomato pesto.

Toss with over pasta, add it to a panini, use it as sauce on a pizza.

Below I have listed the recipe I use for my sundried tomato pesto, as well as some additional ideas listed below. Make extra, keep it in the fridge, have it on hand, and dive in.

SUNDRIED TOMATO PESTO:
Magic Bullet Parts:
[1] Magic Bullet tall cup
[1] Magic Bullet short cup
[1] Magic Bullet cross blade
[1] Magic Bullet flat blade

Ingredients:
[3/4 lb.] penne pasta, cooked in lightly salted water
[1 cup] drained, oil packed sundried tomatoes
[3/4 cup] extra virgin olive oil
[3] garlic cloves
[2 ½ tablespoons] pignoli nuts, toasted [optional]
[1/2 cup] packed, fresh basil leaves
[1/2 cup] bulleted pecorino romano

Recipe:
– Add pasta to boiling, lightly salted water
– To short cup, add sundried tomatoes
– Pulse with flat blade until broken up, not pureed – set aside
– To tall cup add olive oil, garlic, pignoli nuts, basil, pecorino romano

TIP: Buy a wedge of good pecorino romano from the cheese section of your grocery store. Cut into 1” cubes and blend with cross blade until grated. Keep in fridge and use with shaker top!
– Blend until smooth
– Add pesto and sundried tomatoes to bowl with pasta and toss together
– Top with additional pecorino romano
– Breathe it. Live it. Love it. Eat it.

DIFFERENT SPINS ON THIS RECIPE:
This is great to make ahead, toss in the fridge and serve as a pasta salad.
Other nights I will toss it over some fresh tortellini, add some shrimp or some grilled, sliced chicken – fabulous.
Onto focaccia bread add grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, sundried tomato pesto – for panini amazingness.

Summer is ending and sadness is setting in. If you are like me, and some blended herbs, oil and cheese make you happy, then this should spice up your week.

And on that extremely chubby comment, I wish you all a very happy Tuesday.

Happy Blending my little chefs – from my big heart in Boston, to Yours.

Xox – your Kitchen Magician, Lauren.

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