Basil Pesto garnished with veggie dogs

taken at noodles and company enroute to a Haunted house. That story is for another day though.

I’ll cut to the chase this time and give you the recipe right away and you can decide if you want to hang around a lil bit longer.

Pesto Pasta with Veggie dogs

Boiled and drained pasta of your choice 2 Cups
Basil Pesto - 1 Cup (Directions below)
Veggie Dog - 1 (Directions below)

For the Pasta:
It’s good to keep a close eye on the pasta to make sure they don’t get overcooked. Once cooked drain the pasta and run it through cold water to retain it’s firmness.

Basil Pesto:

Fresh basil - 2 loose cups
Pine Nuts - 1 Cup
Parmigiano-Reggiano - Freshly grated - 1/4 cup
Olive oil - 1/2 Cup
Lime juice - 2 Tbsp
Pink Salt - to taste

We got a box of fresh basil from Wholefoods just the other evening and the aroma was tantalizing and calling out to me. I don’t have very many recipes to make with Basil - pizza and pesto are the most likely choices I’d make - observe how much i lean towards Italian cuisine. It must have something to do with my previous life.

Run the leaves through cold water and separate the leaves from the stem and discard the thick stems.
Heat a non stick pan and dry roast the pine nuts making sure they brown slightly and evenly. Pine nuts are expensive so yea don’t let it go to waste.
Btw we discovered pink salt about a month ago and I’ve been using it in a lot of salads this time around I decided to experiment it in the pesto. You are free to use regular salt.
In a blender combine the all the ingredients and blend to a consistency of your choice. Your pesto is ready!

Veggie Dog:

Olive oil - 1 Tsp
Veggie dogs - sliced about 5 mm thick (Thats probably too much detail :D, i meant slice so that it holds not too thin and not too thick)
Low sodium soy sauce - 1 Tsp

Heat some oil in the skillet and add the veggie dog slices. Brown evenly on both sides for about 2 min. Add the soy sauce and let cook on both side for about 2 minutes. Turn off heat.
**I went slow on soy sauce since the veggie dogs had salt content already.

Bringing it all together:

Add the pesto to the boiled pasta and garnish with the sauteed veggie dog slices.
Enjoy!

PS:

The (R)oomie and I are hooked ever since I got home these smart veggie dogs. These are treats that are high in protein content, are vegetarian AND taste delish at the same time. All it needs is a few minutes of saute on your favourite cast iron skillet, or a few minutes baking time wrapped in an american biscuit.
What ever you choose I can promise you that your taste buds are going to be happy. Now from some feedback I received on my previous post, I realized that a lot of vegetarians do not enjoy soy based products. I still cannot eat soy chunks and do not enjoy the taste. But the (R)oomie loves it and so I end up making it or eating it more often than I’d like to.

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I am not being paid for any of the products I put up on my blog. It’s my personal opinion and I respect that your opinion might be very different.

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