Look out world, my basil plant is grown! Since M killed my old basil plant (looong story), I didn't have one for the longest time. This spring we bought one, along with oregano, watercress, and arugala. I used the first from the plant in this recipe... Adapted from Book of Yum.
It's really easy.
Cook up some whole wheat spaghetti.
Grill red bell pepper on a panini press.
Saute 1/2 cup finely minced onion until browned in a pan coated with nonstick spray. Add 1 tbsp flour and 1/2 cup soy milk. Stir well, and let thicken. Add in enough soy milk to make a sauce. Add in 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas.
Chop fresh basil and parsley.
Serve: pasta, sauce, pepper, herbs, pine nuts.
This was not super WOW, but it really hit the spot for me tonight. I think the addition of some extra seasonings, more bell pepper, and perhaps some sauteed mushrooms would have made this even better. This is a great spring board for so many combinations...