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Frozen Pesto Saves the Perfect One Pot Pasta!

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I’m always on the hunt for my next go-to pesto pasta dish. After extensive online research, I found a recipe that tickled my taste buds just by reading it! Not only were the ingredients some of my favorite flavors in the world, but the entire dish was cooked in one pot. Clean up would be a breeze! I went to the grocery store with my eyes on making this prize pesto pasta.

The recipe had its own version of pesto. I’m a big fan of my own but I decided to riff off the recipe’s pesto instead. This was a mistake. I began adding elements of my pesto with elements of the recipe’s pesto. As I gave my food processor one last pulse, I was eager to taste this emerald green sauce I had created. I hoped that this would be the best pesto EVER.

I stuck a spoon into the food processor expecting the flavors to bring me tears of joy. I was stunned. I had to taste it again, surely my taste buds were tricking me. It was still terrible! I made arguably the worst pesto on the planet! It was saltier than ocean water. There was no saving this one. I wouldn’t serve that pesto to my worst enemy.

Panicked, I tried to figure out a way to salvage this recipe. The pasta HAS to have pesto. I frantically searched the internet for spinach pesto recipes because I was officially out of basil. The last thing I wanted to do on that rainy Tuesday night was to take a trip back to the store. Thoughts of my previous hunt for basil haunted me to my core. I stood in the kitchen perplexed by this predicament. What’s a pesto lover to do?

Suddenly it hit me. The freezer, check the freezer. In the freezer stood a mason jar filled with my precious pesto. Past Denisha froze nearly eight ounces of pesto- a genius move. It was frozen solid, a minor inconvenience. I warmed the jar under warm water long enough to let the jar shaped pesto cube slide out into a sauce pan. I slowly warmed it up and added it to the pasta. The frozen pesto saved my dinner! There was no need to rush to the store and my pasta was everything my taste buds had longed for.

Pro-tip: Always freeze some extra pesto.

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