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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Easy Basil Pesto

Easy Basil Pesto. My basil pots are overflowing! Time for garlicky delicious basil pesto. So easy you can make it and freeze it or use it on pasta, salmon and chicken. I just used it on baguette with a slice of tomato~ SCRUMPTIOUS!!

The Basil Faeries are calling my name to make Pesto. I love when I brush by the Basil Plant and the delicious perfume of the oil stays on my hands- who needs Chanel???

I like to use fresh Parmesan cheese- but if you don't have it- no one will know... Walnuts and Pine nuts or no nuts for you that are allergic. This is known as Basil Pistou. Fresh garlic from Garden Camp.

Huile- Oil in Francais~ I love this sweet bottle from Provence. I love Provence!

I like the small swirly pasta- the pesto gets in the nooks and crannies- YUM.

Combine the pine nuts and walnuts and garlic and process for 30 seconds.




Add Basil and salt and pepper.

Pulse, pulse, pulse that Cuisinart!

Let me look at it- it is starting to look like pesto!

Slowly add Olive oil and process until thoroughly pureed.

Isn't it so beautiful??? Green gold, smells like Heaven to me.

Cook your pasta Al Dente- firm but cooked.

I like a heaping teaspoon- My husband likes a heaping Tablespoon, I am a food hoarder- He's not.

Mix it up and eat!!

Add a healthy salad- It's still summer!





Ingredients:

  • 5 Cups Basil
  • 1 Cup Parmesan grated
  • ! 1/2 Cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


Method:

  1. Combine Pine nuts and Walnuts and garlic, process in a food processor for 30 seconds.
  2. Add Basil and salt and pepper
  3. Slowly add olive oil and process until thoroughly pureed. Add cheese, puree for 1 minute.

Makes 3 Cups

Store Pesto in refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.


Adapted from Ina Garten. Easy Basil Pesto has been linked up to these fabulous blogs!:



   










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