Pesto is like the perfect denim jacket that goes with everything. But especially with pasta! Fusilli does a really great job of capturing sauce in all of its crevices, so I love it here. I use the spinach variety for some extra green, but obviously you can use regular fusilli. Or any other pasta, really. Zucchini cooks quickly in cast-iron and sears up beautifully. But use any summer squash that catches your eye at the farmers’ market! For the pesto, let’s be cheapskates and use walnuts instead of pine nuts. No one but a pine nut industry rep will be able to tell. Just sprinkle some on top and live like a king! I also sneak some arugula into the mix to save a little time and money, because who has the wherewithal to pick basil all day and night? I add some fresh cherry tomatoes to garnish because basil and tomatoes! The pop of color doesn’t hurt, either.
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