Thursday, August 27, 2009

Basil Galore

as i was watering my herb garden today i realized i have so much basil! i figured it was time to make my first batch of basil pesto this year. it is so easy and versatile. i use it on everything from chicken and fish to vegetables and sandwiches and it literally takes minutes to make. i also make a batch of spinach and citrus pesto (a giada recipe) to keep in the freezer and use on fish in the winter. it tastes like summer when you need it most - mid dreary winter.

Basil Pesto

6 cups fresh basil
3/4 c toasted pine nuts
6 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
1/2 - 3/4 c extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 c parmesan cheese

combine basil, pine nuts, garlic, and salt and pepper in food processor until smooth. while processor is running, add olive oil in a stream. check and scrape down sides. consistency should be thick and creamy. stir in parmesan cheese.

i divide my pesto into ice cube trays and freeze until set. then place into plastic bags and you have individual servings ready to go!

note: be sure to toast the pine nuts. it's a extra step but i have skipped the toasting and it isn't nearly as good.

and in case you are interested, spinach citrus pesto courtesy of giada de laurentiis

1 comment:

  1. I am going to have to try your recipe. I have a huge crop of basil - the first of which is almost ready to harvest!


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