The viral baked feta and tomato pasta of yesteryear still haunts me to this day. I’ve never made it, but I found myself with a block of boursin and some grape tomatoes slightly past their prime that simply needed to go. So they went! I duplicated the feta and tomato pasta with a substitute of the boursin to delicious effect, even if the sauce wasn’t the prettiest at first.
I may duplicate this method in the future using other soft cheeses like the Cypress Grove Purple Haze or another Boursin flavor.
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Pine nuts are too expensive. They’ve always been too expensive, and it’s even worse with the post-lockdown inflation. Fear not– a substitute has emerged. Roasted pepitas are available at most supermarkets for almost a third of the price, and they’re tasty in many other applications when your pesto is ready.
I use this version on everything from pasta to pizza, from sandwiches to salads.