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Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto


I have been making my own pesto for many years now and I’m still shocked to meet people who don’t know how to make this easy recipe.  I highly recommend buying a small vegetable chopper, it’s about $10 to $20 depending on the brand but it’s been my valuable tool in the kitchen for many years.

The cheap ones last long if you take care not to overheat the motor by not chopping more than 10 seconds or just pulse the chopper.Now on to yumminess…

1-2 handfuls of basil leaves
1 large clove of garlic
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/8 to 2/8 cup of pine nuts or walnuts
1/2 to 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt according to taste
1. Wash and dry basil leaves, remove stalk
2. Place all ingredients in chopper starting
with the minimum amount
3. Chop for about 10 seconds and pulse for another 10 seconds
4. Let the tiny chopper motor cool down
(about 5-10 seconds)
5. Keep adding more of each ingredient according to taste and
Add more olive oil if the mixture is dry.
6. Repeat until all ingredients are blended well
Tip: Basil Pesto is according to taste and preferred texture, it’s also about “layering” ingredients, adding a little at a time to the chopped basil leaves until desired taste and texture is achieved.

Pesto is versatile.
Cold or hot, on toast or crackers, over pasta, add to soups, tofu, vegetables, pesto mayonnaise for sandwiches, and even top over broiled or baked meat.

I love Basil Pesto ♥


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  1. Liz @ iheartvegetables
    April 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM Reply

    I was JUST Telling my boyfriend that I wanted to make something with pesto this week! This sounds delicious!

  2. sophia l borg
    July 26, 2014 at 6:22 AM Reply

    Hi, Nessa!
    we have plenty of basil in the garden. I should make basil pesto one of these days, and now Imhave a reason to visit mynfavorite store, Sur La Table, to buy me a vegetable chooper!

    • AmusingMaria
      July 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM Reply

      let me know how it turns out! now craving for pesto.

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