Saturday, July 16, 2011

Spice Rack Challenge - July Basil

I had such great intentions for basil. I love basil. And then we went away to Edmonton last weekend and I forgot to add water to my Aerogarden. The we got home and my basil was dead. Shriveled and sad. I was all set try this fabulous appetizer that consisted of placing a basil leaf or two on a wedge of peach, then wrapping the wedge in Serrano ham and lightly frying it to warm through. Doesn't that sound delicious? Except I killed my basil.

Now technically I made pasta sauce this week that had basil in it so I did still cook with basil...but there's no picture.

The sauce I made was comprised of:
8 roma tomatoes - quartered
1 red bell pepper - rough chopped
1 onion - diced
1 zucchini - grated
1 carrot - grated
6 or 7 cloves of garlic - halved
a splash of olive oil
1 tbsp dried (cry) basil)
1 tsp oregano
a sprinkle of chili flakes
salt and pepper

I cooked it down for about an hours, then took it off the heat, blitzed it with my immersion blender and dumped it on some pasta. I have some left in the freezer to make a vodka sauce later on.


  1. So sorry to hear about your basil plant! I only have one in the garden this summer and I am already panicking about not having enough to get us through the summer and fall... The addition of zucchini in your sauce sounds really nice.

  2. The zucchini was great, added veggie content is never a bad thing. I know what you mean about panicking about not having enough basil, I'm like that with tomato plants, so I currently have 10 different plants in several varieties around the yard.