Monday, September 22, 2008

Fresh Basil Pesto

OK...So the groundhogs didn't distroy the entire garden this summer...I have lots and lots of basil...My favorite thing to make with basil is homemade Pesto...OMG...It is to die for...I would love to share this easy recipe with you...I would share my abundance of basil but that would be difficult over the web...Anyway here goes...

First you start out with fresh basil...Wash it well...Cut off the leaves and you're ready to make your pesto...


Fresh Basil Pesto

2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts

3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.



Method
1. Combine the basil and pine nuts in a food processor or blender, pulse a few times...If you are using walnuts make sure they are chopped before adding to the basil...Then add the garlic, pulse a few times more...You may need to scrap the sides a few times in between your pulsing...

2. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on...Stop again to scrape the sides with a rubber spatula...Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended...Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste...

Makes about 1 cup...

YUM YUM YUM...Serve with pasta, over baked potatoes (my fav) or over a toasted baguette slice...Trust me, this is good on anything!...Enjoy...

6 comments:

rosebud101 said...

I wish I had enough basil to make this! It looks great!

kim* said...

yummy yum yum yum

CreekHiker said...

Oh, Eileen, When I first moved to CA, I fell in love with pesto and put it on EVERYTHING. My family accused me of only feeding them pesto when they would come visit!

Nebulamystic, Designer Alter-Ego said...

This looks oooh so yummy! Fresh and perfect for any occasion! Thanks for posting..and a great blog to boot!

Jennifer Cameron said...

This recipe looks delicious! I might grow some basil just so I can use my own fresh basil to make pesto.

Sunbasilgarden said...

I heard Basil! Great recipe dorset!! Looks delicious to say the least. - See you soon hopefully at eal. - SunBasil

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