Apr 30, 2013
Even if you don't have a green thumb, you might want to think about growing your own basil, right on your kitchen windowsill. You need nothing more than a small container, soil, and some good light (a fluorescent bulb is fine if sunlight is sparse in your home), Before long, you'll have the herb that Stefano uses in so many of his recipes. Simply snip or pluck leaves from the top when your plant is large enough to spare some and tuck them into a sandwich or harvest a whole whack for a batch of this easy pesto.
Basil's mild, sweet flavour makes it friendly for so many dishes--you can even use it in popsicles or in this dairy-free sorbet and let it liven up every frozen bite. It's the familiar taste in classic Italian sauces, and of course it's a great garnish, adding colour and fresh flavour to finished pasta, pizzas and more. Grow it yourself and you'll come up with even more ways to add it to your dishes, we're sure.
Use up basil in any of the recipes below and get even more ideas for cooking with garden herbs by watching Stefano's Herb Garden episode online right now.
Pasta with Basil Pesto
Mini Quiches with Cheese and Basil
Lighter Tartar Sauce with Basil
Grapefruit and Basil Sorbet
Stefano's Tomato Purée
Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil
Classic Margherita Pizza
Mango Strawberry Ice Pops
Sweet Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini
Tomato, Cucumber and Bocconcini Grain Salad
Creamy Mediterranean Spaghetti
Zucchini Spaghetti with Spinach Pesto
Stefano's Fried Spaghetti Sandwich