I can’t get this meal out of my mind. I blame the walnut pesto sauce. The plump, sweet shrimp. The fresh, tender string beans. And the chewy, rotini pasta. Because one humble ingredient can cause a meal to be entirely unforgettable but the sum of its parts deserve credit too.
Pesto is an Italian sauce traditionally made with pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, salt and fresh basil using a mortar and pestle. All kinds of variations have sprung from this recipe including ones with different nuts and in place of the basil ingredients like arugula, artichokes, red peppers or spinach. The possibilities are endless.