Pesto Pasta

Liesha Barnett

I grew up in Oakland and began cooking at the age of 9. By the time I was in middle school, my parents mastered the art of eating my dishes with a smile on their faces. They had no idea that I would end up a chef. I then joined the Navy when she was 17 years old and traveled the world cooking for thousands of sailors. After leaving the Navy I went on to work in restaurants and hotels before starting a career as a personal chef service. I earned a bachelor's degree in nutrition from Arizona State University. My experiences as a child from Oakland shape my passion for food justice. I am passionate about providing the tools that the community needs to achieve and maintain good health.

A great tasting Pesto dish with basil and garlic

Pantry Items Used



  • 3 bunches of basil
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 package of penne pasta
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Items Needed:

  • Pot
  • Mortar & Pestle
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • bowl
  • cooking utensils

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