Spaghetti doesn’t sound fancy, right? Well try this recipe: Giada’s Spaghetti with Beef, Smoked Almonds, and Basil.
This made the birthday week menu mostly by virtue of its beef content, but I think I ended up loving it more than the birthday man. The sauce is technically more like an Italian salsa (read: no cooking!), and it was so light and summery and just plain wonderful. The lemon, basil, and tomato combined into this perfect sidekick to the pasta and steak. I never would have thought this dish would feel light, but it does. Basil + maters + lemon + steak = best. The pasta doesn’t hurt anything either.
This is reason #652 to plant several basil plants at your home. It’s inexpensive to throw 2 1/4 cups of basil into a sauce when you’ve got buckets and buckets of the stuff right out your front door. I would be less inclined to make this dish if I had to buy 2 1/4 cups of basil from the store.
You could make friends with people who have thriving basil plants. That’s a solid secondary option.