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Basil Pesto

This morning Maddie was eating this dish (yes, for breakfast) and I remarked, “When I was a kid we didn’t eat pesto.”

She asked me what we ate instead.

“Oh, we ate Spaghettios, Fluff-N-Nutter sandwiches on Wonder Bread, Steak-ums, American Goulash (homemade Hamburger Helper), Campbell’s Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches (on Wonder bread with Kraft singles and margarine). I could go on.

All that sodium, those chemicals & preservatives and look how great WE turned out!

If I’d known how easy this stuff was to make I’d have made it years ago. Try it – it’s very easy and beautiful and you’ll love the results. (Note to Libby: you can get all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s.)

All you need is:

INGREDIENTS:
30 large leaves or 60 small leaves fresh basil
generous pinch of salt
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
3 TBSP pine nuts, toasted
4 TBSP olive oil
4 TBSP parmesan reggiano, grated

1. Add basil, salt & garlic to blender and blend into a thick paste. You might find you need to add 2 TBSP of the olive oil to get it going.

I used coarse sea salt but I prefer using fine sea salt as the coarse didn’t chop up well in my blender and I got a few bites of it when I ate. If you have a powerful blender or food processor you’ll have no problem!

2. Add pine nuts and remaining 2 TBSP olive oil & blend some more. Add cheese and blend till you have a creamy pesto sauce.

Serve on pasta, as a pizza topping, smeared on crusty bread, or tossed in a salad!

Shock of shocks – both my kids love this! Even G loves it. Holy cow.

Try it next time you make Summer Pizza!

Basil Pesto
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Serves: 2-4
 

Classic basil pesto. A vibrant fresh addition to pastas, pizza topping, bread smear, dip, or salad dressing!
Ingredients
  • 30 large leaves or 60 small leaves fresh basil
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 3 TBSP pine nuts, toasted
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 TBSP parmesan reggiano, grated

Instructions
  1. Combine basil leaves, salt & garlic in blender or food processor.
  2. Add 2 TBSP olive oil & pine nuts & combine further.
  3. Add last 2 TBSP olive oil & cheese and blend until smooth & creamy.
  4. Toss with pasta, salads or smear over crusty bread. YUM!

Notes
This recipe yields 1 cup of pesto. NOTE: If you don’t use it all at once, store covered in fridge with a light coating of olive oil to keep it from turning brown. If it DOES turn brown, you can still eat it!! It’s just not as appealing visually… Pesto can be frozen. Simply omit the cheese and freeze. You can add the cheese later when it’s defrosted. Freezing methods: freeze (without the cheese) in tightly wrapped ice cube trays OR as dollops on a cookie sheet. If you use the cookie sheet method, be sure to wrap the dollops as soon as they’re frozen, really well in plastic and then in a Zip-Loc freezer bag. When you defrost you can add the cheese.

Slightly adapted from Lidia Bastianich.



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3 comments on Basil Pesto

  1. Lib
    March 16, 2012 at 10:47 am (2656 days ago)

    Note to Tina: I’ll be making this! lol Even G eats it? I’m in….. :)

  2. Lynn Flowers
    March 16, 2012 at 10:52 am (2656 days ago)

    This is great! I’ll be making some nicec pesto pizza this weekend!

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