Basil Pesto

fresh basil pesto recipe with basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, olive oil, and parmesan cheese

This intensely flavorful sauce is delicious on pasta, pizza, and as a spread for toasted baguette.  A little bit goes a long way with this recipe!  Pesto can even be frozen for later use, which makes for an especially easy meal.

-Jessica

 

3 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
½ tsp salt
½ cups olive oil
1/3 cups freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese

 

BLEND: Place basil and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse a few times until basil leaves are fairly small.   Add in garlic, salt, olive oil and cheese.  Continue to  pulse until well blended, but with some texture remaining.

 

Note: Pesto can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days if tightly covered.  It can also be frozen for long-term storage.  The easiest way to freeze pesto is to put it into ice cube trays.  When frozen, remove from the trays and store the pesto cubes in a freezer bag.  When you want to use, it will be ready to thaw in individual portions!

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