A Quick Fix: Pasta with Pesto and Fresh Vegetables

At the last minute, my Tuesday night plans changed and 7 p.m. found me and with two friends hungry at my place. Growling stomachs demand quick payment. My Mom always keeps small jars of pesto in the freezer just for this sort of night. Luckily, she sent some home with me on my recent trip home. To complete dinner, all we need is

Defrost the pesto for a minute or two in the microwave, heat up some pasta, do a quick saute of some fresh veggies with a splash of lime, and boom: a quickie for your tummy.

We had to get beer anyway, so Gertie and I, with friends in tow, led the way to our local market to purchase the necessary booze and some fresh broccoli, red peppers, green onions to go along with the Garlic I had at home. Once home dinner came together in about 20 minutes. For a quick garlic bread, I just brushed some fresh dinner rolls with melted butter, roughly chopped garlic and dried basil and finished them off with a quick toast under the broiler. I topped everything with Parmesan cheese, and the only groaning our stomachs were doing was from over consumption.

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