Today is the hottest day of the year so far, says the TV weatherman. I wouldn’t know except that Benny came back from his walk with his tongue hanging down by his feet. Now he is laying on the floor beside me, already asleep after his very short walk.
Days like today call for meals that are light, bright and easy. This pasta dish fills all those requirements. The pesto takes less than 5 minutes to make.
I like my pesto a little heartier than just basil so I use mostly spinach. I throw in some basil and mint for that brightness and distinctive fragrance. Walnuts are my nuts of choice for pesto. It’s a good idea to make extra pesto since you can keep it in the fridge and use it a million ways all week – as a spread for sandwiches, on crostini or like here, as a pasta sauce.
Broccoli makes the dish heartier and the grape tomatoes add a burst of flavor and color. My Penne with Garlicky Spinach Pesto Sauce, served with a tossed salad, is the perfect meal for a summer day. Enjoy!
For the Spinach Pesto