Series: Food Matters Main Meal Recipes | Episode: 22 | Runtime: 4m 29s | Release date: 2016
Why it is good for you:
The secret to this pasta is the homemade basil pesto. The hero in this dish is the basil.
Did you know there are actually 35 different types of basil? Basil contains antioxidant-rich volatile essential oils. These volatile essential oils are what give the herb its distinct smell and taste and they’re also responsible for the healing benefits of basil.
Basil contains disease-fighting antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. When buying basil, look for brightly colored leaves that are firm and aren’t wilted; or simply grown your own.