A member of the mint family, basil lends a sweet-spicy flavor with hints of clove and anise to Italian-style sauces, pesto, and pasta. It's tomatoes' best partner, and also adds a refreshing accent to stronger Southeast Asian flavors. Here are our favorite recipes highliting the fresh herb.
The traditional Genoese sauce of basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, and olive oil is delicious on pasta, chicken, and fish. Catering to modern tastes, we've reduced the amount of olive oil while keeping the flavors true.
Recipe: Classic Basil Pesto
Here's a fun twist on the classic BLT: Instead of lettuce, sub in 4 to 6 basil leaves. We recommend Sunset's Red Horizon tomato for this recipe; its meaty, heart-shaped fruit is perfect for sandwiches.
Brie cheese acts as a creamy sauce when melted by the warm pasta. For the most flavorful results, use tomatoes and basil in summer, at the height of their season.
It's a snap to put together this fresh, flavorful stew with made with light coconut milk, halibut, Thai red curry paste (found in most supermarkets), and aromatic basil and mint.
Recipe: Thai Red Curry Fish Stew