To DIE For, Utah Easy Creamy Pesto Pasta
What's Aaronee Cooking? Creamy Pesto Pasta that is to die for!
Pasta is just such a comfort food. There are many versions to choose from but a pesto pasta is so bright, colorful and flavorful that you can just keep coming back for more.
Tis the season for pine nuts. Yum! You can grab some at the store or from the guy that sets up in some of the parking lots around Southern Utah. Those are fresh!
The ingredients are simple and you just blend them all together for a delicious sauce that just needs warmed through and you are ready to eat.
Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe-
6 servings of your choice of pasta- cooked and strained reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water
2 cups of fresh basil
2 tablespoons of toasted pine nuts
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of grated parmesan
6 tablespoons of olive oil
Mix all ingredients in a food processor
Add reserved 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water with your cooked pasta and add 1/4 cup of heavy cream and pesto mixture to a pan and stir together over medium heat until all ingredients are incorporated well.
Add a dash of red pepper flakes
Add salt and pepper to taste
Brighten it up with a squeeze of fresh lemon
Add ribbon sliced basil, chives and parsley for garnish and top with more shredded parmesan.
You can take it to another level and add ingredients like grilled chicken or shrimp or steamed broccoli and kale. You can also add another dimension of flavor by sprinkling on smoked paprika or chili powder. Delicious! Enjoy!
Aaronee hails from Northern Utah, West Valley City, and has now been on the radio in Southern Utah and all over the states for almost 24 years! Join DJ & Aaronee weekday mornings from 6-10am for all of the fun and on social media @catcountryutah
Southwestern Utah Public Health Department Names Restaurants-
There has been plenty of talk going around about disgusting health violations that are going on at the restaurants in town. Ewwwww
I worked in ball field snack shacks and restaurants for 9 years and have taken many food handlers permit tests. I know what to look for and I know when something is seriously off, but haven't actually witnessed anything too over the top. Instead of focusing on the negative, I decided to look for the GOOD restaurants out there in Southern Utah.
According to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, the Healthy Habits Award recognizes restaurants in our community that offer healthy choices on their menu AND maintain high standards of cleanliness excellence.
They usually have a sticker on their door to identify themselves. Congrats to all of the winners!
Here's the list:
Tia's Artisan Bakery
Deep Creek Coffee Co.
Main Street Cafe
Gaia's Garden Cafe
Twisted Noodle Cafe
The Hearty Beet
Xetava Gardens Cafe
So get out and enjoy some local, healthy and delicious food.
With just a few days of holiday break left, having fun and saving a buck or two on some delicious food is a must! If you check out the Yelp* reviews for St George, Utah, there are some great recommendations and great reviews, and they change ALL THE TIME. I have seriously gone to write about great food and great prices several times and the top 5 have been different every time. That just means we have a ton of great options!
I love to go out to eat, but I am not loaded so it is fun to be reminded of all the options in town. Along with the arts in southern Utah, we also have some GREAT food. I am a self proclaimed foodie. But I like it all, not just the fancy stuff.
Here are the top 5 recommendations in town, from Yelp with only one $.
5. Croshaw's Pies
175 W 900 S St. George, UT 84770
Tues - Sat: 11am - 6pm
Sun - Mon: Closed
First off, I learned something new. I learned that you can order soups and sandwiches from Croshaw's Pies. I had no idea. I know that have a great chicken pot pie. YUM. You can check out the entire menu here: https://www.croshawspies.net/menu/
4. Tom's Deli
175 W 900 S, St. George, UT 84770
Tom's Deli is in the same plaza as Croshaw's Pies. Doesn't that sandwich look happy to see you? They serve hot and cold sandwiches with plenty of toppings and condiments to choose from. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/tomsdelistgeorge/
3. Worlds Best Corndogs
On the Move Daily
If you've never tried these giant corndogs, they are fancy and delicious. I never thought i would LOVE honey on my corndog but I do. I also have to split this meal.
This is a food truck that travels the state. We love our food trucks in St George! ♥ More pictures and details here: https://worldsbestcorndogs.com/menu/
2. Angelica's Mexican Grill
101 E St George Blvd St George, UT 84770
Mon-Sat 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Bar far my fav taco stop. It is cheap and you get a ton of food and this should be number one. SOOOOOO good.
#1 Honolulu Grill
706 East 700 South, St. George, UT 84770
This is exactly what I order when I go. So good. It's fast and they have great deals. You can find more info about their 2 locations here:https://www.honolulugrill.net/menu
If you don't see your inexpensive favorite on the list, make sure you go give them a great review. We need to get in the habit of praising what we like instead of just bashing what we don't.
You can win a getaway to the Eureka Resort in Mesquite, Nevada by playing a childhood game on the radio station. The game is Battleship, and the radio station is Cat County Utah with DJ & Aaronee. You can find the radio station at 107.3 in St. George and 94.9 EVERYWHERE in Southern Utah.
Monday-Friday mornings around 8am, DJ & Aaronee will kickoff Battleship! It's as simple as calling in and taking a guess. If you get a HIT on the battleship, you get another guess. If you MISS, we're onto the next caller. Whoever has the shot that SINKS the battleship WINS THE PRIZE! So far, three prizes have been won on Cat Country Utah, but the big one is still there!
This is only ONE game that's played with DJ & Aaronee, and everyday a new game is played!
Games are played around 7:40am each morning!