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Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce Recipe

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I’m back with today’s edition of Cooking with Nicole in Real Life… 😉 lol!


As promised here’s one of the things I did with the Summertime Basil Pesto I made a few days ago.  This. Was. Delicious.

As a disclaimer though, Handsome Man’s words were, “I’m sure it’ll be good, but it looks like puke.”

Thanks Hon.




On to the good stuff!


Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce



4 Tbsp. fresh pesto

4 diced tomatoes

1 clove minced fresh garlic

1/4 c. milk

1 jar alfredo sauce


Simmer diced tomatoes, pesto, and garlic on stovetop on medium heat for 10 minutes or so.  Add alfredo sauce (homemade alfredo sauce would be even better, I’m sure… But I was lacking both the supplies and the patience. 😉 )   I used the 1/4 milk to put in the alfredo jar and shake to get as much sauce out as possible.   Resume simmering and serve on pasta.


I sautéed mushrooms and threw those on top but next time I want to add shrimp or sea food of some sort on it. Deliciousness!!!


So there you go!  Just one way I’ve used the pesto this week besides dipping bread in it.  My hips are going to hate me for all the carbs this week! Haha!


Stay tuned for the recipe for Non-alcoholic Mojitos next!  Okay, okay…. So it’s more like Mint Limeade… I just feel cooler using the first term.  😉


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Summertime Basil Pesto Recipe…

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Okay…. After these next couple posts, you’re going to think I’m turning into a food blogger.


Stop laughing.


I can cook!  Kinda.



ANYWAY….   *cough cough*


With the whole post-partum recovery thing, projects aren’t as easy to complete…

And now that my stomach isn’t wrestling a small human for space and loosing, I can eat regular helpings of food again!  It’s awesome.  😉


(Don’t even let me get started talking about having my bladder back! 😉 lol!)



Okay!  On to food!


While recovering, I didn’t really go outside.  At all.  So my tiny little basil plants became enormous, full basil plants by the time I went out again.

I was suuuuuuper excited.  ‘Cause me?  Basil?  We’re tight.  Really tight.

I adore, love, and cherish basil.  If there were only one herb in the world, I’d pick basil.  I even had strawberry basil sherbet once? Mmmmmmmmm!!  Anyway…. *cough cough*


There was so much basil that needed to be used that I decided to make pesto!

I didn’t really use a recipe and decided to make my own.  And now I’m blogging about it because it was so good and I don’t want to loose the recipe!  And blogging it is the surest way not to loose it.  😉


Summertime Basil Pesto 



3 c. tightly packed basil leaves

3 cloves fresh garlic

3/4 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 c. olive oil

1/4 c. parmesan cheese

Simply throw basil, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil into blender and pulse until blended.  I added the parmesan cheese after blending and mixed by hand.  Enjoy on bread or crackers, use on pizza, mix with softened butter, or any number of delicious ways!  Use your imagination!

*Spoiler* Another post coming where I use this pesto to make cheesy pesto sauce for pasta! Yum.

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