August 23, 2013

A Genius Sauce: Pesto Recipe + Have a Yummy Weekend!

pesto recipeAn awesome sauce is all it takes to make a kind of "eh sandwich" turn into something more flavourful.
My love of sandwiches knows no bounds. And while I love a good vegetable and cheese sandwich, I'm already tiring of the usual combos. But a friend recently introduced me to a creamy, rich sauce...pesto.

Pesto is a great sauce, literally; always tasty on just about anything! total game changer. Toss it with pasta, spread it on sandwiches or alone, pesto makes such a delicious sauce. And it's easy enough to make.
delicious pesto recipe
Pesto Sauce and Tortillas.

Pesto is a sauce originated in Genoa, Italy (Pesto Genovese) and traditionally consists of leaves of basil, fresh garlic and olive oil, pine nuts and..
Parmesan cheese. Whiz all ingredients in your food processor and you can't go wrong.

Pesto Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a blender or food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the olive oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Transfer the pesto to a serving bowl and mix in the cheese.

Pesto sauce is usually found in the grocery store. They sell it in little glass jars right alongside the jars of pasta sauce. But we love making our own sauce, right?
I like to put pesto on my sandwiches or treat myself a single happy yummy spoonful...my current favourite.
pesto sandwich
A good sandwich combo is: Pesto sauce, Cheddar cheese or Mozzarella cheese, arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumber ribbons, and Ciabatta bread.
pesto sandwich

Pesto sandwich.

How to make and serve attractively a pesto sandwich.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons pesto sauce
1 package Arugula
1 Cucumber, cut into ribbons using a potato peeler
2 Cherry tomatoes
3 ounces fresh Mozzarella, sliced or 2 slices Cheddar cheese
2 slices Ciabatta bread grilled, if desired
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Directions

Spread pesto sauce on bread. Layer bottom half of bread with cheese, then arugula, tomatoes, and cucumber ribbons. Finally drizzle some balsamic vinegar over it and serve. Yum! Your new favourite sandwich is waiting for you!

Note: If storing overnight, top bread with rocket leaves first, then pesto sauce to keep sandwich from getting soggy.

Pesto sauce is a nice change to the ordinary. Along with the piquant flavour of Parmesan cheese, this sauce has subtle hints of basil to round out the flavour. If you haven't had it before, try it- you'll like it.
Pesto sauce gives your sandwich a bright, aromatic flavour and adds protein as well.
Uses are of course endless...

Are you like me, dears, and love sandwiches? What is your favourite sandwich sauce? I'd love to hear.

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

73 comments:

AmyLK LK said...

I have never made pesto but since I have an herb garden this year, maybe I'll take some of the fresh basil and make some!

Have a fabulous weekend

dianne said...

I really enjoy freshly made Pesto Genovese stirred through pasta or as a dip.
I love salad sandwiches with the addition of some firm avocado.
Have a great weekend dear Betty!
hugs
xoxoxo ♡

Magic Moments said...

mmmmmm..delicious..have a nice weekend

Tamara Camera said...

We had so much basil in the garden this year that my husband made most of it into pesto. You're right - pesto is a game changer. Just the thought makes my mouth water.
Happy weekend!

yonca said...

Mmmmmm...sounds delish! I like pesto..missed you.xx

Sandra said...

no pesto for me, i don't like spices other than salt and pepper, mayo or mustard goes on my sandwich.. but i do have to say this sandwich is so beautiful i might have to try it IF i were there and you made it.

Mark said...

Pasta with pesto, a favorite here.

ANRAFERA said...

...rico,rico,rico!
Te deseo feliz fin de semana.
Un abrazo.
Ramón

Mari-Pi-R said...

Una comida muy ligera y apetitosa en esos días calurosos, yo también hago pesto, va muy bien con la pasta.
Un abrazo.

Crissi said...

Great weekend!
Hugs Crissi

Cloudia said...

Looks great. Pour some of that genius sauce all over me :-)



Aloha

Lynn said...

I'll have to try pesto on a sandwich sometime - I usually just put it on pasta. Sounds yummy. And that's a great looking plate of food you have up there. Love those zucchini ribbons.

TexWisGirl said...

now i'm very hungry...

i do like pesto and i love basil. :)

Elizabeth Anderson said...

Have a delicious weekend Betty :D

Betsy Adams said...

We love pesto too... It goes with so many foods.... Your sandwich looks GREAT. Yum!

My favorite thing to put on sandwiches is Mayonaise... My favorite sandwich is a big piece of homegrown tomato sliced on a piece of white bread with mayonnaise....

BUT--since mayo is not good for us, these days I use alot of mustard.. I like it too.

Hugs,
Betsy

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Looks so scrummy

eileeninmd said...

The Pesto sounds easy to make and yummy! Your sandwich looks delicious too. Thanks for sharing! Wishing you a happy weekend ahead!

Sylvia K said...

Sounds so yummy, Betty!! I'm going to have to try it this weekend! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a fun weekend!!

Kelly said...

Oh, my.... that looks delicious! I love pesto on cheese & spinach tortellini.

My favorite sandwich sauce is mustard...any kind will do!

Hope you have a great weekend, Betty!

Sabine Gimm said...

That looks delicious ♥
Many greetings Sabine

Chatty Crone said...

Looks Good - and have a good weekend too!

Pedro Luis López Pérez (PL.LP) said...

¡¡¡Hummm....mmm!!! Debe de estar deliciosa.
¡¡¡Me está entrando un hambre!!!
Abrazos y besos.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Ooooh looks like a delicious sandwich! Scrumptious! I like hummus on my sandwiches. Really makes them taste so good. Have a great weekend!

Ms. A said...

That would be a far cry from my plain old sandwiches, that's for sure! The photos are making me very hungry!

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

I don't like pesto very much neither taste nor colour.I prefer ketchup or creme from milk.

Dennis Evans said...

I do sometimes spread it with my mayonnaise on sandwiches, or dilute a bit of it with some more olive oil and more garlic and black pepper, when I make an avocado salad, or spread some on chicken breasts before I roast them in the oven (or fish). Good stuff!

Dennis Evans said...

Or spread it on a grilled cheese sandwich.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Yum, yum. Have a great weekend, Betty.

xoRobyn

Giga said...

Uwielbiam sos pesto, który robię. Używam go najczęściej jako dodatek do makaronu. Pozdrawiam.
I love the pesto sauce, which I do. I use it mostly as an addition to pasta. Yours.

Tolga Çağlar said...

i like your food experiences:)
wishing you a good weekend...

Lisa Gordon said...

This sounds absolutely yummy, Betty!
Thank you for sharing.
I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Hilary said...

Betty.. that looks so yummy. I will try it.. except maybe for the pine nuts. Those aren't my favourite. Lovely food images though.. they make me drool!

:.tossan© said...

Você me deixou com fome. Isso mostra a qualidade das suas fotos. Abraço

rainfield61 said...

My dear, it looks so delicious.

....Petty Witter said...

Yummy. This so puts me in mine of our holidays in Greece. Lovely to eat whilst at home but somehow it isn't the same eating it indoors with the central heating on.

Nancy said...

Almost too pretty to eat, my friend.

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

SweetMarie said...

Now I'm thinking of food. :)
Happy weekend to you!

Trac~ said...

Yummy! I love Pesto sauce but never knew it was that easy to make. :). Hope you have a fantastic weekend. Miss you my bbff!! Xoxoxo

wenn said...

yummy..have a nice weekend!

Leovi said...

Yes, wonderful sandwich that appetizing! Hugs!

✿ chica said...

Comidinha boa e colorida! Lindo domingo,beijos,chica

Mersad said...

Thanks Betty for stopping by my blog. You actually posted on my movie blog, which I'm not using now. You can visit my photography on my main photo blog: http://www.mersad-photography.blogspot.com/

Thanks! And btw you have some great photos on your blog as well.

Magia da Inês said...

¸.•°❤❤⊱彡

Um sanduíche saudável e aromático.
Fique com água na boca.
Bom domingo!
Boa semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.
¸.•°❤❤⊱彡

George said...

Your sandwich with the pesto sauce looks delicious -- perfect for a summer day.

Diane AZ said...

What a great idea to use pesto on sandwiches. Lovely colorful pictures!

Craver Vii said...

It looks delicious. Excellent presentation. Would you believe I have never even tried pesto? Maybe it's because the spelling is too close to the Spanish word for "stinky." (chuckle) Ah well, I must look for an opportunity to sample what I have been missing.

DIMI said...

Dear Betty,your sandwich with the pesto sauce looks so delicious!!!!I make pesto with basil from my garden!!It's so yammy with pasta!!
Have a wonderful week my friend!!
Dimi...

Ariel said...

Hi Betty,
You know where I come from?
I come to eat watermelon in "focus" =D
your other blog is fantastic,
the catches are really wonderful ..

by the way,
I love the sandwiches
but prepare this delicious sandwich,
will give me a lot of work =(

sauce, eh?
ok, I answer the question ...
my favourite sandwich sauce is...
no sauce, no sauce =P

have a great night!!!
hugs and kisses

ladyfi said...

Mmmm... looks delicious!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm a BIG fan of pesto. YUM!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I tend to favor BBQ a lot!

Riot Kitty said...

You totally make me hungry! In addition to photographer, you could be a food writer.

Shalet Jimmy said...

looks delicious...

Ercotravels said...

Wow, Yummy.....

Mersad said...

Thank you for checking out my blog and following. You have a great blog, and I'm following now too!

Have a great weekend!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Home and Lifestyle said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your warm words.

We share our passion for photography, I also like that so much!

Have a great weekend! Hugs, Ingrid

orchid Miyako said...

Looks really different from Japanese way of cooking; looks yummy♡♡♡

Thank you SO much for stoppin by and have a wonderful weekend.

Lots of Love and hugs, xoxo Miyako*

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Olá Betty; belas as fotografias e a comida...Espectacular....
Cumprimentos

Kim Cunningham said...

I agree! We love basil pesto and during the summer make a pesto pasta almost weekly. I have several big basil plants growing in the garden, and I blend pesto every Sunday evening.

barbara l. hale said...

That looks so good and fresh! I love hummus on sandwiches. But mostly I just stick with flavored mustards. I am a mustard fan.

Pat Tillett said...

I love pesto! We eat it all the time.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Couldn't see where to comment on the 'greece'' photo. Looks like a lovely place to spend some time. All this food looks good in this post. Have a great weekend adn best of luck with the changes you are making.

...melody... said...

Ohhh...this looks delicious!

Mandy Southgate said...

I'm totally with you there Betty! I adore pesto sauce! I had discovered it in 2007 but strangely enough did not have some when I was in the region (Cinque Terre is close to Genoa).

Patty Antle said...

thanks for visiting me and for the info on what type of camera you use on your FAQ page. I'm a new follower.

A Cuban In London said...

I wish you luck with the "revamp"! :-) I loved the photo, by the way. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

sergio celle said...

...ciao cara Betty, sono passato per dirti che per motivi di lavoro, non ho più tempo utile per seguire il mio blog e tutti quelli degli amici. Voglio ringraziarti per la tua sincera amicizia dimostrata in questi mesi...ti abbraccio forte nella notte..:-)

Ashley Newton said...

mmmm...Yum!

michael said...

I would really like to try this!
It looks delicious! :D

ritsa said...

Sounds great! Thanks for the pesto recipe.

Kalyan Panja said...

looks inviting, mouthwatering, delicious and so easy to prepare!

Jim said...

I like the Hydra shot. I've been there. :)

Sandy Carlson said...

Delicious!