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How To Make Italian Basil Pesto – Laura Vitale

Italian basil pesto is popular worldwide. It is traditionally made by putting fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and salt into a marble mortar, then crushing the ingredients with a circular motion of a wooden pestle. Olive oil is then added to bring all the crushed ingredients together. Basil pesto is a delicious sauce and a very versatile pantry item. It can be used as a pasta sauce, a spread on bread, a pizza sauce, a soup topping, and it can also be added in marinades, salad dressings, and dipping sauces. It is very simple to make basil pesto at home. With today’s technology, you will no longer need a mortar and a pestle to create this sauce. With this recipe, you can make a classic Italian basil pesto from scratch. All you need are good-quality ingredients and a blender or a food processor. So forget buying jarred pesto which can contain additives, start making your own at home – and you will score extra culinary points when entertaining also!


• 2 cups of fresh basil leaves
• 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts
• 1 garlic clove, sliced
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1 tsp grated lemon zest
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
• ¼ cup of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


This recipe takes about 10 minutes to make. Serves 2 cups.

Put basil leaves, toasted pine nuts, garlic salt, pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a bowl.
Using an immersion blender, blend until the basil leaves are roughly chopped.
Gradually pour in olive oil while the immersion blender is on.
Add Parmigiano-Reggiano, then mix using a spatula.

Ideas And Tips:

• You can also make the pesto in a blender or food processor.

• Aside from pine nuts, you can use almonds, peanuts, walnuts or cashew nuts.

• This pesto can store in the fridge for up to 7 days and in the freezer for up to 6 months.

How To Make Italian Basil Pesto - Laura Vitale
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Creamy Green Avocado Miracle Pasta (Food Bite)

This miracle pasta recipe uses avocado to make a creamy basil-based sauce. The tasty colorful sautéed vegetables make this dish a complete and healthy meal.

“Edamame” are young soybeans that are still in the pod. These young green beans are soft and edible, unlike the dried mature soybeans that are used to make soy milk and tofu. In Japan, they are boiled in salted water and served as an appetizer. You will also sometimes see them served as a side in Japanese restaurants in the USA. Some grocery stores sell edamame which have been hulled. These hulled soybeans are added to salads, soups or sautéed vegetables.

The taste of edamame is a normal white bean taste. Edamame are rich in protein, healthy fats like omega-3 and alpha-linolenic acids, vitamins E and B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, choline, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese. Edamame also contains phytoestrogens that have been linked to lower the risk of osteoporosis and cancer.


• 3 7-oz packs of Angel Hair Miracle Noodles (see below for further info on this ingredient)


• 1 medium avocado
• 1/4 cup of lemon juice
• 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
• 2 tbsp of water
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 1/8 tsp pepper
• 1/8 tsp paprika

Sautéed Veggies:

• 1 tsp olive oil
• 3 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, sliced
• 1 cup frozen and shelled edamame
• 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 1/8 tsp pepper


This recipe takes 30 minutes to make. Serves 2 to 3.

To prepare the sauce, place all ingredients avocado, lemon juice, basil leaves, and water in a food processor.
Pulse until you get a smooth paste.
Transfer sauce into a small bowl and season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
To prepare the sautéed vegetables, heat olive oil in a pan over high heat.
Add garlic and onions and stir-fry for 1 minute.
Add red bell peppers and edamame.
Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
Turn off heat and lightly season with salt and pepper.
Rinse angel hair noodles and strain excess water.
Put noodles in a bowl.
Add avocado sauce and mix well to completely coat all the noodles.
To serve, put the noodles on a serving plate and top with sautéed vegetables.

Ideas And Tips:

Miracle Noodles is a brand of shirataki noodles. These vegan Japanese noodles are made from konjac yam. They are precooked, translucent and gelatinous, mimicking the taste of pasta. These gluten-free noodles are low in calorie and carbohydrates.

Creamy Green Avocado Miracle Pasta (Food Bite)
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Herb-Crusted Fish Fillets

Fish fillet can be cooked in many ways. They only need a few minutes to cook and can be seasoned in a variety of ways.

This is a recipe made by world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay. The fish fillets are seared for a minute on the stove. The fillets are then topped off with a layer of sautéed cherry tomatoes, basil, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan. Baked in the oven for a few minutes until the fillets are crispy golden brown.


• 2 fish fillets
• 100 grams of cherry tomatoes
• Half of an onion, peeled and chopped
• 5 grams of fresh basil
• Half a cup of bread
• 5 grams of fresh parsley, chopped finely
• 25 grams of finely grated Parmesan cheese
• 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
• Salt
• Pepper


This recipe takes 25 minutes to make. Serves 2.

Preheat the oven to 200C.
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and cook baby potatoes.
Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper on both sides.
Drizzle olive oil on a frying pan on medium to high heat.
Once the pan is hot, carefully place the fish fillets.
Cook for 1 minute on each side.
Remove from the pan and transfer onto a baking tray.
On the same frying pan, drizzle oil again and place on medium to high heat.
Sauté cherry tomatoes and onions for 5 minutes.
Add basil, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
In a food processor, add chopped bread, grated Parmesan, and chopped parsley.
Blend until crumbly.
Place cherry tomatoes mixture and breadcrumbs mixture on top of the fish fillets.
Bake in the oven for 6 minutes.
Place fish on a plate. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the plate.

Ideas And Tips:

• You can use any type of fish for this recipe like cream dory, halibut, salmon, tilapia, or sea bass.

• A great side dish for this recipe is simple boiled baby potatoes. Boil water in a saucepan, cook the potatoes for 10 minutes, and serve.

• You can slice regular bread as done in this recipe or you can use store-bought breadcrumbs.

Herb-Crusted Fish Fillets
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