I wanted to carbo load for my 20 mile run this weekend and also wanted to try my hand at making a pesto. I ended up making this roasted red pepper pesto, and it turned out pretty good. It was also super easy, which is always a plus. The only thing that took some time was roasting the peppers, but I bet you could substitute in the jarred kind if you are short on time. I thought the pesto was a little bland but adding more salt helped with that. I also left out the crushed red pepper so I'm sure that kicks things up a notch.
Here is what the recipe calls for:
Directions (modified from A Cozy Kitchen)
As I still don't have a food processor (not for long though according to the birthday fairy) I used the Magic Bullet to make the pesto. It turned out smoother than it would have in a food processor, but it all tasted the same. This was a very easy alternative to a marinara sauce and pretty healthy too. A good way to dress up my heaping bowl of pasta and get me energized for my uber run.