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Basil Pesto

Use pesto as a sandwich spread, on pasta or toss with vegetables. Pesto has endless uses, freezes well in small portions and makes a great gift. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • .5 cup pignoli or walnuts (It's very important to make sure to use fresh nuts)
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh garlic (Amount depends on intensity of the garlic & your taste preference)
  • 5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed down lightly
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1.5 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup good quality, fresh grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Add the nuts and garlic into a food processor using the blade attachment. Process fro about 15 seconds.
  • Add the basil, salt and pepper. 
  • With the processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil through the feed tube and blend until the pesto is pureed well. 
  • Add the parmesan and puree for about one minute.
  • Use immediately or portion into air tight containers filling almost to the top. Add a thin layer of olive oil to the top to seal out any extra air and then secure with lid and freeze.