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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pesto Rolls and Pasta Caprese with Sausage

Do you like pasta?  Do you like cheese?  Do you like caprese?  If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then you need to make this dish.  Now.  Unless you're counting calories, in which case, you should probably close this window and try to forget that you ever saw this post.

Photo from original post on Pelin Chef.  Idea from Pinterest.  
I was starving, so I started off by putting some pesto rolls in the oven to munch on while the pasta was baking.   It was suuuper easy:  "Press out cresent roll dough.  Spread pesto.  Roll up into a log. Slice. Place in a pie plate like cinnamon rolls. Serve with marinara dip."  That's Pinterest said, and that's what I did.  It quick, easy, and delicious.

Photo and recipe from original post on Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour.

But enough of that.  On to the pasta.  This recipe is fantastic!  It was straight-forward and pretty easy, but not terribly fast.   I followed it pretty much exactly, except for adding some mild Italian sausage, and doubling the mozzarella.  If you decide to do sausage, too, pre-cook it according to the package directions, slice it, and mix it in with the pasta and sauce prior to adding the tomatoes, cheese, and basil.  You really just can't go wrong here. 

Mmm.  So good, so full.  But because I'm a glutton, I went for the trifecta.  After dinner, I made peanut butter blossoms

Anyone want to go for a run?

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