Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto
Yields 1
Slather pesto on sandwiches. Toss 1/2 cup with 9 ounces fresh pasta. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons over pizza sauce before adding toppings. Add 1/4 cup to minestrone during last 10 minutes of simmering. If pine nuts are expensive, just about any nuts or seeds will do!
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  1. 2 cups gently packed, fresh basil leaves
  2. 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  3. 1/2 to 2/3 cup virgin olive oil
  4. 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  5. 1/4 cup pine nuts
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. freshly ground white pepper to taste
  1. Place basil and garlic in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. With the motor pulsing, drizzle oil slowly through the food tube.
  3. Process until ingredients are puréed.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and pulse a few times to blend.
  1. Pesto means "to pound" in Italian. If only once in your life, try this preparation with a mortar and pestle.
  2. Pesto freezes quite well and offers the memory of a summer's day on a wintry night.
  3. Freezing pesto in a covered ice tray for cubed portions ruins the tray for any other use, but the sacrifice is worth the pleasure.
Stonebridge Farm CSA