Caprese Spaghetti

Greenhouse Classroom Ingredients: 

  • Purple or Green basil
  • Tomatoes

Additional Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti or pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Mozzarella balls (optional)
  • Lemon 
  • Salt


  1. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan on medium heat
  2. Chop tomatoes and add to heated pan – saute for ~2 minutes, turn off heat and set aside
  3. Follow instructions on spaghetti or pasta box to cook (boil water and cook for allotted time)
  4. Rip basil into smaller pieces and enjoy the aroma
  5. In a bowl, add pasta, chopped tomatoes, ripped basil, mozzarella balls
  6. Add lemon juice and salt to taste

Tomato & Purple Basil Salad

Greenhouse Classroom Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes
  • Purple basil 

Additional Ingredients:

  • Red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Cut tomatoes into pieces
  2. Chop onion
  3. Mix tomatoes and red onion and at some salt and pepper – allow this to sit for ~10-15 minutes for the onion to soften and tomatoes to release some juice
  4. Add ~1.5 tablespoons of of lemon juice
  5. Add ~1 tablespoons of olive oil
  6. Rip up purple basil and add as garnish
  7. Gently mix all ingredients and serve! 

Inspired by:

Perfect Pesto

Greenhouse Classroom Ingredients:

  • Basil 

Additional Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic or minced garlic
  • ½ cup oil (olive oil preferred), or more as needed
  • ¾ cup walnuts
  • Lemon zest (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions with food processor:

  1. Add 1–2 cloves of garlic to the food processor, pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add 1–2 cups of basil—pulse again.
  3. Add nuts, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  4. Pulse again until desired texture is achieved.

Instructions without food processor:

  1. Separate basil leaves from stem.
  2. Use a sharp knife to chop the basil and cut the walnuts into small pieces.
  3. Use a sharp knife to mince the garlic (or use minced garlic).
  4. Combine all remaining ingredients into a ziplock bag, press all the air out and seal the bag closed.
  5. Roll a mug or mason jar over the bag of ingredients to continue to press and mix the ingredients together.
  6. Empty the contents into a bowl and serve or store in the refrigerator to let the flavors meld until serving. 
  7. Adjust seasonings as needed.

Nutrition facts:

  • An ideal cooling agent for summer months, basil is extremely high in antioxidants. It has been used to support the immune system and aid in digestive health.
  • Excellent source of vitamin K and manganese. 
CropVitamin KVitamin A (beta-carotene)Vitamin B9 (Folate)Vitamin CMagnesiumCalciumPhosphorousIronPotassium

Location of origin:

  • Central Africa and Southeast Asia

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