A jar of pesto is always a handy thing to keep in your fridge. This fragrant pasty sauce is delicious on anything—from pasta to crackers to rice. And because basil and olive oil is a welcome addition to a lot of food, it’s also excellent for cooking!
One of my favorite bottled pesto products is Gourmet’s Sundried Tomato Pesto. Setting you back by roughly PhP200, this excellent pesto offers a delightful marriage of basil and sundried tomatoes. It possesses the refreshing aroma of basil with a hint of the salty tang of sundried tomatoes.
My favorite way to enjoy this pesto is the simplest—over freshly cooked pasta. I find eating spaghetti a messy challenge at times so for bento, I usually get tri-colored fusilli for the attractive shape and colors. Plus, the best thing about this is that it’s great for speedy bento prep. Just boil water, dump your pasta in, take a shower and by the time you’re done, usually the pasta is, too. Toss with some pesto and instant meal!
Of course, I can’t live on pasta alone so this time, I experimented with pesto and ground chicken, creating pesto-laced chicken nuggets. It’s mostly a mix of ground chicken, pesto, salt and pepper. I like how it turned out, meaty chicken chunks with a hint of pesto, but it needs work so the recipe will come later. To round it out, I threw in some cherry tomatoes and a couple of fresh mint leaves to garnish.
Quick, hassle-free and delicious, as long as you have a reliable pesto recipe or a good quality bottled brand.