A whole lot of basil and a handful of freshly picked grape tomatoes (which I forgot to take a picture of).
My first step was to make a small bowlful of pesto. Pesto doesn't photograph real well, but here's what I ended up with:
I decided I wanted to use this batch in a pasta and I didn't want to have to go the store, so my pasta ingredients had to be in my fridge or pantry. Which was actually was a bit of a challenge.
I started by frying bacon that I had chopped into small pieces. I removed the cooked bacon and drained most of the fat from the pan. I then added diced onion and diced tomatoes and sautéed them until they were tender. I added some leftover peas I had in the fridge to warm them up a bit.
I cooked up some fettuccine, saving about 1 cup of the cooking water. I tossed the fettuccine with the pesto and some of the pasta water until it had a nice covering. I then added the onion, tomato and pea mixture and the bacon bits. Gave it all a good toss and here's what we had for dinner last night:
It was delicious and considering I made this up, I feel pretty good about it. I am going to have to come up with a name for this pasta. Any ideas??
The little grape tomatoes were particularly good. They were actually sweet. I'm sorry that that plant is almost done for the season.
This was a great idea Wendy. So glad I get to play along. If you've got some recent harvest you want to share, make sure you come join the party.