Monday, August 8, 2011

Homemade Pesto

Welcome to the second week in August. I wanted to start you out with something quick, easy and delicious this week.

Homemade pesto, folks!

Before my basil completely fries under the sun, I wanted to ensure that I’d get at least a handful of pesto meals this summer. There is nothing like homemade pesto. You can serve it over pasta, use it as the base of a pizza, or pile it atop crostinis; really any way you choose.

The only time consuming step of this process is plucking the basil leaves off the stems. Those 10 minutes are totally worth it.

Grab some pretty pasta and whip this up tonight.

Note: Do not worry if you don't already own a food processor. Buy one of these miniature babies. This little gadget is perfect for a small batch of fresh salsa, too!  


2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

Slowly add the olive oil to your food processor. Stop a few times to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula. Add the Parmesan cheese and pulse again until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until mostly smooth.

Makes approximately 1 cup
Serve with pasta, or whatever you fancy. 


E.Leigh's said...

Ummm...yes, please!

Christi's Chirps said...

Erin, I enjoyed this again as leftovers today. Just as delicious! :) Give it a try! xo

Roberthussy said...

Pesto is an aromatic herb paste, traditionally made from fresh basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and olive oil. It is most commonly used as a pasta sauce.