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Basil Pesto Sauce

September 10th, 2016 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Basil Pesto Sauce

There are so many ways to enjoy basil pesto sauce. It is perfect for dipping bread, works great as salad dressing, pasta or pizza sauce, or pesto butter. Toss some cooked chicken with it to give a salad or a wrap some extra kick. Sky is a limit.

Already pre-made pesto sauces from the store are an option too, however nothing beats freshly homemade one.

And it is pretty easy to do too: just plug all ingredients into a blender, chop until smooth and then mix cheese in.

Pecorino cheese may be hard to find, using shredded parmesan should work as well.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Basil Sauce

September 15th, 2012 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Sides by Julia Volhina
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Basil Sauce

Cooking spaghetti squash was yet another food-related discovery for me since we arrived to US.

What makes it interesting is spaghetti-like strands of pulp which can be scooped out with a fork after squash is cooked.

That gives so much room for creativity 🙂 . My first attempt was an easy choice: roast spaghetti squash and mix its pulp with simple tomato and basil sauce.

I hope you will like it.

Parmesan Chicken with Tomato Basil Sauce

August 25th, 2012 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Parmesan Chicken with Tomato Basil Sauce

Chicken fried in breadcrumbs and parmesan breading, baked with tomato basil sauce is a perfect dish for the romantic dinner with mediterranean hints in taste.

You can use canned tomatoes instead of fresh to save some time and possible money, but I believe sauce prepared with fresh tomatoes tastes a way better.

Breadcrumbs are also easy to make at home by drying and then crumbling in blender couple of slices of italian bread.

Parmesan Eggplants with Tomato Basil Sauce

May 7th, 2011 in Appetizers & Snacks, Main Dishes, No-meat, Sides by Julia Volhina
Parmesan Eggplants with Tomato Basil Sauce

Eggplants fried in flour and egg coating are good on their own as a no-meat main course, appetizer or snack. But they can also be served as a side dish.

Tomato sauce with basil and garlic is a good addition to fried eggplants; it adds a bit of spiciness to plain taste of eggplants.

And parmesan goes great with that combination too.

Tomato and Basil Sauce

April 30th, 2011 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Tomato and Basil Sauce

This light tomato based sauce will add a hint of mediterranean cuisine to any dish.

It goes great with fried or grilled vegetables (e.g. zucchini and eggplants); seafood (mussels and shrimps) and meats; it also can be served as pasta sauce.

Sweet tomatoes are the best fit this recipe. If you prefer to remove seeds, choose pulpy tomatoes, it will be easier.

Tomato and Rice Soup

April 16th, 2011 in Hot Soups, Soups by Julia Volhina
Tomato and Rice Soup

Gentle tomato soup with rice filling garnished with freshly chopped basil is a russian variant of tomato-basil soup.

It is beef broth based and if you want to make it more tomaty and thick, reduce amount of water you use for broth and increase amount of tomatoes.

I’ve garnished soup with basil even though it isn’t very widespread in Russia, but it gives a nice kick to flavor of this soup. After all basil and tomatoes are the combination which can never taste wrong.