The round, often pointed leaves of the basil plant looks a lot like peppermint to which it is related. Its highly fragrant leaves are used as a seasoning herb for a variety of foods but has become ever popular as the main ingredient in pesto, the mixture of basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese.
- 3 quarts water
- 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
- 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 3 tablespoons drained capers
- 2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups baby spinach
- Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven.
- Add pasta; cook 8 minutes.
- Add shrimp to pan; cook 3 minutes or until shrimp are done and pasta is al dente.
- Drain. Place pasta mixture in a large bowl.
- Stir in basil and next 4 ingredients (through salt).
- Place 1/2 cup spinach on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture.