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EZMONEY
06-07-2008, 09:18 PM
Isn't BASIL just the :cool: coolest herb?

I love it! Angie and I use it often...I pull leaves off our plants and eat them....which makes Angie a little :mad:...from time to time!

She makes a killer dish with Basil, tomatoes, onion, bacon, olive oil and linguine...just love it!

Any BASIL moments in your daily lives? A super BASIL recipe you may be keeping from us? ;)


GatorgalstuckinGA
06-07-2008, 09:50 PM
i grilled some fish the other day with fresh basil, oregano, and garlic...was delicious. I LOVE basil. and it is doing superub in my garden right now. I need you wifes recipe...sounds great!

WebRover
06-07-2008, 10:19 PM
Just a twist on the standard, cherry tomatoes cut in half, basil chopped up and shredded low-fat mozzarella.


kaplods
06-07-2008, 10:43 PM
Went to the Farmer's Market for the first time this season on Wednesday, and bought some thai basil for my hanging basket. I had a hard time choosing my basil, as the vendor had thai basil, sweet basil, lemon basil, and cinammon basil.

I love it so much, I'll sometimes, like today, chew on a couple leaves. A lot more effective as a breath freshener than a piece of gum.

mxgirl737
06-07-2008, 11:21 PM
penne diavolo ---this is amazing. The serving size is aprox. 1 cup. I make a big bed of spinach and put the pasta on top. SO filling and flavorful. I HIGHLY recommend.

Calories265,
Protein8
gm, Carbohydrates36
gm, Total Fat9
gm, monounsaturated fat5
gm, saturated fat2
gm, polyunsaturated fat2gm,
Cholesterol5
mg, Sodium117
mg, Fiber6
gm
(Mayo Clinic Pyramid Servings: 1 vegetable, 1 protein/dairy,
1 fat, 1 carbohydrates)
Recipe: Serves 8
(serving size: about 2 cups)
4.5 cups uncooked whole wheat Penne pasta (about ¾ pound)
¼ cup olive oil (divided)
3.5 cups grape tomatoes, washed
¾ teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
10 cups fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano , finely grated (about 2 ounces)
In a pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add penne and stir until
water boils again. Cook about 7 to 10 minutes or until desired
tenderness. Do not overcook. Pour into colander to remove
water. Pour back into pot and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil
and stir to coat pasta. Cover and keep warm.
Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet and place over
medium heat. Add tomatoes and garlic and sauté until
tomatoes are tender. Add spinach and continue to stir and cook
over medium heat until spinach is wilted. (Total time about 5
minutes.)
Add cooked pasta, basil, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes
and grated cheese. Stir to combine. Serve immediately.

EZMONEY
06-09-2008, 11:41 PM
THNAKS MXGIRL737...I just might try that!!


i grilled some fish the other day with fresh basil, oregano, and garlic...was delicious. I LOVE basil. and it is doing superub in my garden right now. I need you wifes recipe...sounds great!

Here ya go GATORGIRL ~

Ingredients ~ You will have to decide for you how much of each....it doesn't take much but you want to make sure you have enough flavor from each!

Fettuccine or Linguine

Bacon...we use turkey bacon.....chopped

Basil....chopped

onion...chopped

Tomatoes...diced

Olive Oil

Garlic....chopped
..........................

As your pasta is cooking on the stove ~ cook your bacon in the microwave

Saute onion in olive oil until almost clear

add garlic and cook for a bit

add tomatoes and basil and heat through just a little

..............................

Drain pasta add olive oil then basil/tomato/bacon/garlic/onion mix

EZMONEY
06-10-2008, 11:06 PM
MXGIRL ~ I made your recipe for dinner tonight. Angie and I loved it! Next time I will use cherry tomatoes though...a bit smaller...plus I cooked them a little too long..thanks for the recipe!