Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Homemade Pesto

Mmmm...pesto. Hopefully I'm not too late in getting this on here with those of you with mounds of basil to use up. This recipe is easy and tasty. Pesto can be used on pasta, sandwiches, pizza, savory tarts, etc. You can freeze it in individual containers and then pull out what you need when you need it. I hope you enjoy it!
Homemade Pesto

1/4 c. walnuts
1/4 c. pine nutes
3 T. chopped garlic (about 9 cloves)
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 c. good olive oil
1 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Place the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is finely pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Serve, or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top. Makes 4 cups.

Source: Barefoot Contessa "Back to Basics"

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