Has your basil sprouted yet?

During the colder months you want to make sure your basil stays warm and dry, check below for more caring tips.

This week Rustie Lee is going to show you the first basil recipe you can enjoy. Basil is so fragrant, it’s an easy way to add flavour to any dish and WOW a crowd!

Speedy Tomato and Basil Pasta

 Pasta  500g pasta (consider 80g to 100gr per person)

 Garlic 1 garlic clove

Onion 1 onion

 Balsamic Balsamic vinegar

Cherry tomatoesHandful of cherry tomatoes (or any other tomatoes)

Vegetables Any other veg that needs using up

 Around 6 sundried tomatoes roughly chopped + some of the oil

25g fresh basil

Salt and Pepper Salt and pepper

CheeseOptional: cheese

METHOD

Fry the onion and garlic using the oil from the sundried tomatoes for 5 minutes in a deep frying-pan or saucepan.

Add in the cherry tomatoes, any other veg you might be using and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Cook down for a few minutes then add the chopped sundried tomatoes.

Cook the pasta in boiling water according to the packet instructions.

Drain the pasta and add to the sauce, season with salt and pepper, stir in the basil and finish with a small grating of cheese.

Photo of chopped onion, sundried tomatoes, courgette, peppers and oil bowl of dried pasta bowl of cherry tomatoes

Why not make a big batch and invite some friends over? Or share leftovers with your neighbours. Send us a photo of you and your pals enjoying your home cooked meal by email or WhatsApp it to our number (074 467 210 36).

Enjoy your freshly made pasta!

Basil Caring tips

- Basil likes to grow in bright, warm conditions so find the warmest place in your house to set it down. The kitchen or living room windowsill might seem like a good place, careful if you close the curtains at night as your basil might get cold. So, make sure it's on the inside of your curtain. 

- Always water with care, ideally before midday, and avoid splashing the leaves.

- Basil hates having wet roots overnight, so aim to water plants in the morning if possible. This should help prevent botrytis (powdery mould).

Rustie Lee sowing basil seeds

Troubleshoot with fellow Green Challengers via our Facebook Group and keep us updated on how your basil is doing.

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