I'm almost ashamed to admit that until yesterday I had only had pesto once, bought from the store and I did not like it. Which is even more surprising since I LOVE Basil. Yesterday my kids and I had lunch at a friends where we had quesadillas. My friend said that she had some pesto and suggested pesto quesadillas to which I decided to try it again. They were so good I could hardly believe I had ever not liked it. The main difference, it was freshly made not store bought. Anyway, I ran to the store and bought the ingredients I needed to go with my fresh basil and made it for dinner to serve over pasta. The problem: there was no way my kids were going to eat it so I decided they would have macaroni & cheese. The next problem, no GF mac & cheese. However, I did have some leftover GF pasta in the fridge from when we had Fresh From the Garden Sauce & pasta, so I decided to make a quick sauce to pour over and it turned out so good I had some myself. My husband ate it with pesto.
Pasta & Cheese (printer friendly recipe)
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp minced onion or 1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 T potato flour
1 C milk
dash of Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 C cheddar cheese
3 T Parmesan cheese
1. In a small saucepan over med heat, melt the butter. Add the minced onion (if using) and saute for a minute or so. Add the garlic powder, paprika, salt & pepper and saute a few seconds. Add the flour and stir forming a crumbly roux.
2. Add milk a little at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Add Worcestershire sauce. Continue stirring until sauce boils. Boil for 1 minute. Add cheese and stir until melted. Serve over cooked pasta. Makes 1 Cup sauce.