What Is It About Basil?

  • Isn't BASIL just the 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 ...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?
  • 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!
  • Just a twist on the standard, cherry tomatoes cut in half, basil chopped up and shredded low-fat mozzarella.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • THNAKS MXGIRL737...I just might try that!!


    Quote: 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
  • 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!