Pesto is one of life’s great joys.  It’s delicious on pretty much anything: pasta, sandwiches, veggies… It’s also super easy and fresh beats those little plastic tubs from the store every time. It also freezes really well, so you can make a big batch and freeze a bunch for later goodness when you’re feeling less domestic.

 

ingredients

2 C fresh basil, tightly packed
2-3 cloves garlic
3 tbsp pine nuts (substitute walnuts for an earthy variation)
1/2 C olive oil
1/2 – 2/3 C parmesan cheese
salt, to taste

 

preblend

 

Pick the basil leaves off the stem and wash them off. Dry with paper towels before adding to the cuisinart.

Throw the garlic, pine nuts, salt and olive oil in the cuisinart as well and blend until smooth.

If you’re going to freeze any of the batch, do it at this point, before adding the cheese.

 

cheese

 

Now, Marcella Hazan (of roast chicken fame), instructs us to work the parmesan cheese in by hand. I’ve done that and it’s kind of a pain. If you’d rather just throw the cheese in the food processor with the pesto base, I won’t tell on you.

 

pesto

 

At this point you can use the pesto for whatever awesomeness you have planned. My best friend was in town when we whipped up this batch of pesto and we tossed it with some nice fresh pasta…and then we added more cheese, because really, what doesn’t need more cheese?

 


Basil Pesto
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 C fresh basil, tightly packed
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts (substitute walnuts for an earthy variation)
  • ½ C olive oil
  • ½ - ⅔ C parmesan cheese
  • salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Pick the basil leaves off the stem and wash them off. Dry with paper towels before adding to the cuisinart.
  2. Throw the garlic, pine nuts, salt and olive oil in the cuisinart as well and blend until smooth.
  3. If you're going to freeze any of the batch, do it at this point, before adding the cheese.
  4. Now, Marcella Hazan (of roast chicken fame), instructs us to work the parmesan cheese in by hand. You can also just throw it in the food processsor.
  5. Serve with pasta, fish, meat, on sandwiches...the possibilities are limitless!