Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pesto Pasta from the Garden and a Trip to Union Square Farmer's Market in New York City.

Herbs are such a lovely gift from the garden.  We're lucky enough to have an abundant supply of basil this year and I use it in so many dishes.  The favorite seems to be pesto used in a pasta dish, simple and delicious.

I'd forgotten how quick pesto is to make, I can't decide whether I like it better on chicken, fish or pasta. 

My family is quite clear - pasta is the way to go.

But before we get to the pesto recipe I have to share my wonderful morning with you at the legendary Union Square Farmer's Market.  I'm currently acting as a chauffeuring service to my youngest daughter, (well actually I'm always acting as a chauffeuring service to all my children but this is a longer route than usual) driving her into NYC each morning for her dance camp. While she was twirling and whirling I found myself, quite by accident at this amazing farmer's market.  I'm used to farmer's markets but nothing quite prepared me for the shear scale of this one.  I mean just LOOK at these root vegetables!!

and these amazing peaches...

you can't forget the sunflowers ...

there was absolutely EVERYTHING .....

I have to confess I was  overwhelmed - and extremely hungry as I hadn't had breakfast before we left.  My total purchase at this extravaganza totaled one perfect juicy peach, a slice of the most delectable cheese and a heavenly foamy latte with an extra shot.  I sat in the park and devoured my picnic.  What a perfect breakfast.  The market is a regular feature on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I'll be ready on Friday!

Back to the pesto.... here's the recipe...

Pesto from the Garden.

2 cups fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Your very favorite pasta - perfectly cooked.

Place the basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, pepper and cheese in a food processor and blitz until really well combined.

Measure out the oil in a measuring jug and with the motor running on the processor pour the oil in a thin stream into the basil mixture until combined.

Pour over the perfectly cooked pasta - that's it - really!!

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  1. I knew that Farmers market as soon as I saw the photos (no matter that you had it in the title) Love, love the Union Square Farmers market.


  2. Oh my, what a fabulous market. No matter what, you just cant beat freshness...
    Freshness delivers taste like none other . This recipe sounds delicious!

  3. Oh, these pictures! What an amazing market - and a great location for your daughter's dance camp :-) Your pasta dish looks gorgeous too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could discover yours!

  4. What a wonderful market! What opulence! Such a nice picnic breakfast too. Your pesto sauce looks delicious. I wonder if it can be made without garlic?

  5. What a find! Looks like the markets in Italy...lucky you! Your pesto looks so good, but I can never make it due to my daughter's nut allergy. Lovely pics!

  6. That is an impressive looking market. I absolutely love pesto, and freshly made pesto is the best of all.

  7. Hi Mary - You have some mouth-watering food on your blog here. Everything looks delicious! Living close to NYC, I know what you mean about the Union Sq. farmer's market! It's amazing. And you have me craving pesto. It really is great with so many things but it's always perfect with pasta. I've never made it at home before! Need to work on that! : )

  8. Love farmers markets!
    Your pesto pasta is so pretty - love the bright green!

  9. Your basil plant looks lovely. I just started mine a few months ago and it's doing leaves are about half the size of yours though :) Anyway, I adore pesto and it's even better with your own homegrown herbs!!

    Thanks for the trip to Union Square's farmers market.. I've always wanted to go!!

  10. Hi Mary! I love that you're driving your daughter into the city for her dance camp. I'm sure that it's a bit of a drive and hassle dealing with the city and the traffic, but at least you can hang out and enjoy the farmers market afterwards. That's a perk.
    Ok, how come my basil doesn't look anything like yours? I finally bought my first plant this year, as I'm not a gardener, and its doing fine and growing, but some of the leaves have holes in them. Yours look perfect and flawless. You must have a true green thumb!
    I love pesto! It's the perfect topping for pasta and it's quick and easy! :) xoxo, Jackie

  11. I love markets..I am certain I would thoroughly enjoy this one..I have been but once to NYC and I loved it:)

  12. First of all...driving to NYC every morning in the summer for your daughter's dance camp? That is a true testament to a mother's love! Speaking of which, I love love love pesto, and I can't believe how little of it I've made this summer...this pasta is calling to me telling me I have to make some this week, just lovely!

  13. Homemade pesto is always the best, especially so when made with homegrown herbs!
    The market is just fantastic! I'm sure that you would head straight right to the market this Friday with a big empty basket! I know I would! :)

  14. I am a fan of homemade pesto...they are so much fresher and tastier than the store-bought ones. Your pasta looks delish, Mary.

  15. Glad you liked the market, there's sometimes a special stand there for cat grass and treats, it's one of my favorites!

    The pesto looks delicious!

  16. Mary, Oh how I love pesto, your pasta dish looks fabulous.
    I’ll be in the City in two weeks…I’ll have to check out the market. My daughter went to school in the village. We used to frequent Union Square every once in awhile.

  17. How good is that market, I love it when simple foods look so good. Makes me want to cook!
    I like pesto but hadn't made it myself until I was forced to by the over abundance of my basil pots - what a thing to be forced to make, so simple so delicious! Love your photos.

  18. Don't you just LOVE pesto ? I love it on everything and pasta, well we had it again last night and that says it all! Have a great weekend Mary!
    I hope you do stop by and enter for our giveaway!

  19. What a FABULOUS entry thanks Mary - so summery too! I love it! Thanks for linking up to Cooking with Herbs! Karen

  20. Great picks and mouthwatering pasta!I love pesto!

  21. Mary , I just love pesto but haven't tried making homemade yet :P The price of a scraggly bunch of basil here is ridiculous and I can't grow even a pot of herb , read : black thumb *sigh* Your pesto pasta looks sensational - simply delicious !


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