We just made pesto for the first time in five years. We're not sure why the long hiatus. But we're so glad to be back working with big, meaty basil leaves and handfuls of smooth pine nuts. It still amazes us that we can throw six ingredients into a food processor and get this fresher than fresh, garlicky, cheesy, nutty sensation.
This classic recipe makes quite a bit. Perfect for a big pasta meal or for freezing to eat later.
Rating: 1/4 assed
Here's what you need and how you do it
2 cups fresh basil leaves, washed and patted dry
2/3 cups romano, pecorino or parmesan cheese, grated (save yourself a ton of trouble and buy pre-grated)
1/3 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
Pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor. (We use a Cuisinart Mini Processor and it works really well.) Let stand for an hour or so before serving. Store in refrigerator.
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