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10 Ways to Spice Up Your Pasta

Pesto is certainly pleasing to the palate.
Pesto is certainly pleasing to the palate.
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Pesto sauce is ranked right alongside marinara as a classic Italian favorite. The combination of fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese just can't be beat. And like marinara, the way you prepare your pesto depends on your own take on the recipe. One thing is certain: Pesto must start with olive oil, basil and garlic. You can also add lemon, capers or cilantro for a citrus kick, or crushed red pepper to give it some heat. Some pesto sauces are more like a gravy with lighter amounts of olive oil mixed into the sauce, while others are swimming in the oil. Grilled shrimp or chicken is a good addition to your pesto dish, and linguine works well as your pasta.