Basil is one of those smells that always makes me think Summer. It is so bright and aromatic, once it starts to grow you better start using it- otherwise the basil will flower and the plant will start to taste bitter. Basil is a classic accompaniment to tomatoes, something about that combination makes both ingredients stand out and taste so fresh, this simple spaghetti recipe is just that: fresh pasta, fresh pesto, and fresh cherry tomatoes.
This mussel dish is a staple in my house. I make it probably once a month, or every other month. I like it because it is really easy- and fairly light. I serve it as an entree for 2 people with a side salad, or it could be a first course for 4 people. It is quick- about 25 minutes from start to finish. The BEST part about this dish is using the crunchy bread to soak up the broth that comes from the wine and juice from the mussels.