Kids in the Sink

Basil Pesto Pasta

on June 26, 2012

Oh, boy.

What a week.

We thought we were back. We really meant to be back. But we have been battling sickness. And if you know anything about us, we don’t exactly plan ahead so we didn’t really have any posts ready to go. Procrastinators. We know.

First, Melissa came down with an illness. Two days later, poor Ella started running a fever. At first, we assumed they were both one and the same, but Ella’s fever was getting higher each day, whereas Melissa hadn’t had anything but a low-grade fever.

We ended up treating Ella’s fever as best we could with medication and lukewarm baths, but Saturday night, she woke up with a fever of 105. At only 9 months, that is a little scary so the doctor told us to make a trip to the ER. There, she had blood drawn and a catheter, a really horrible thing for a mommy to watch. She had to have an IV because she hadn’t been nursing and was getting dehydrated, but after that, we were free to go.

From the first moment she started having a fever, I (Heather) had a feeling that it was roseola. Call it mother’s intuition, because there was nothing to really point to that diagnosis until yesterday, when we noticed she was starting to form a pindot rash on her belly. Today it has spread to her face and she looks pitiful, but the fever is gone and she is on the mend. And Melissa, she’s doing ok, too. Ella really took over that story, huh?

So, needless to say, we are slackers and posting did not happen. But one thing did happen recently. Basil.

Since the wonderful world of Google told us how to prune Melissa’s basil plant for more growth, it has really flourished. We can now just walk outside whenever we need a few leaves and have fresh basil in seconds! We also had plenty of basil to make pesto.  This pesto is super simple and cheap, too. All you need is a food processor, or maybe even a blender in a pinch, and here you have a quick and easy meal.

-Heather and Melissa

Basil Pesto Pasta

Makes approx 3/4 cup


12 ounce box of rotiti, or your favorite curly pasta.
2 cups fresh basil
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup almonds, slivered or roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Prepare pasta according to package.
  2. Place all ingredients except olive oil in food processor.  Process until pureed.
  3. While processor is on, add olive oil and continue to process until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour desired amount of pesto onto pasta and stir to combine. Serve warm.

Source: barely adapted from Weelicious


3 responses to “Basil Pesto Pasta

  1. […] in our garden, too and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it but there’s only so much pesto a family can eat.  And it fulfilled one of Heather’s wishes, which was to roast tomatoes, […]

  2. I made this for dinner last night and it was a hit! My 2 year old kept asking for “murr, murr” lol

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