Pesto!

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It’s one of the simplest, quickest sauces you can make. It is also one of the most delicious in Italian cooking. Use it on pasta, as a base sauce for pizza, in salad dressing, top on soups, dips..the list is endless!

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Basil Pesto
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Pine nuts
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Salt Reduce or increase as needed
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Pine nuts
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Salt Reduce or increase as needed
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Add everything except olive oil and salt to blender or food processor jar, pine nuts at the bottom
  2. Start blending, drizzling or adding olive oil as you go until you get a paste to the consistency you like; I like bits of pine nuts in my pesto. Some prefer a smooth paste.
  3. Add salt to taste and pepper to taste
  4. Toss with pasta of your choice
Recipe Notes

Substitutions to try:
- Replace pine nuts with walnuts or cashew
- Add green chilies to spice it up

Serving Suggestions:
- as a base for pizza instead of tomato sauce, goes great with goat cheese, red onions, and sundried tomatoes
- as a sandwich spread

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