But if we didn’t go through hard times I wonder what our relationships would look like. Over the past few weeks between my illnesses, loss of a loved one, our car permanently conking out, and several other crises, I’ve felt more supported than ever. People have been coming around me and showing me such incredible support and love. We were given a free car, we’ve been given fresh fruit and vegetables, people have been stepping up and running our ministries when we can’t be there, and being so patient as I talk about what’s going on. My sister-in-law is coming over tonight to bring me dinner and give me a neck rub (she’s really good!), and most of all, Eric has been the greatest husband ever.
In my fridge I have tubes of those Gourmet Garden fresh herb pastes and one of them is basil. But I didn’t want to use it all in one dish, so I combined it with dried basil. I don’t really use pine nuts but I had walnuts in my freezer that worked great. In keeping with the green theme I went with frozen peas and fresh baby spinach. It was such a simple dish to make, only cooking required is boiling water, and because I buy everything that I used in bulk, it costs less than $1 a serving! Amazing I know!
Poor Man’s Pesto Pasta
4 servings spaghetti
½ cup frozen peas
1 handful of baby spinach
1 tsp sea salt
1 TBS fresh basil paste
¼ dried basil
¼ cup parmesan cheese
10 walnut halves
2 cloves fresh garlic
2-3 TBS olive oil
sea salt and pepper
handful of crumbled feta
Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta according to package directions, adding sea salt to the water. In the last two minutes of cooking add peas and spinach to the water.
While pasta is boiling, combine basil, parmesan, walnuts and garlic in a food processor. Drizzle olive oil in until smooth, season with salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta/peas/spinach in a colander. Put them back in the pot, top with pesto and mix well. Toss with feta.
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