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Simple Pesto

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Pesto is a great condiment to have on hand, especially during the summer. Smear it on sandwiches, burgers or bruschetta, use it as a pizza topping, mix it into mayonnaise, or toss it with your favorite pasta. It will liven up so many summer dishes. For variety you can add sundried tomatoes, olives or roasted red peppers! Freeze it in ice cube trays, then toss into a resealable bag in the freezer!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Packed Fresh Basil Leaves
  • ¼ cups Pine Nuts, Walnuts Or Pecans
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • ⅓ cups Olive Oil
  • ½ cups Grated Parmesan Or Romano Cheese

Preparation

Wash and dry fresh basil, removing any stems.

Place nuts, garlic, and salt into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add oil, basil and cheese and process until finely chopped.

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pauladavis on 7.21.2011

This tastes great on PW’s Tomato Basil Pizza. I used her homemade dough as well.

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whatlifedishesout on 7.18.2010

Twinks!!! I just made this and it’s AMAZING! I just picked my garen basil and used walnuts and added a couple extra cloves of garlic and WOW! I have never made Pesto before…I actually thought I didn’t like it, so I must have had a “bad” one at sometime. This is going to be a new addiction for me! Thanks for the recipe! Mind if I post this on my blog (giving you credit, of course!)???

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whatlifedishesout on 7.9.2010

I NEED this recipe! And I’ve been on the hunt for pine-nuts to make Pesto, but they are nowhere to be found…something about low production last fall, blah, blah, blah. :-)

I was whining about it when somebody just told me the other day to use walnuts. I see your recipe says you can, but have you ever done that? Was it just as good? It sure would be less expensive! Let me know!

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beckybook on 6.24.2010

this looks so easy and tasty!

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annieo on 1.5.2014

I have made this pesto about 4778 times. It is always delicious, whether I need to fill in with a little spinach because the basil supply is low or not. Family’s favorite prep is heated up with a little milk or half & half, served over pasta with chopped tomatoes and parmesan on top!

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terrilw on 8.31.2011

Perfect!! I was licking the spatula. Can’t wait to have it on pasta tonight for dinner.

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pauladavis on 7.21.2011

First time! i loved this. I’m not sure if this was just a food processor issue, but mine was pretty thick so I added more oil. (used walnuts, worked great).

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betny on 6.17.2011

Yumm! This is my first time making pesto, too…but our herb garden has been a success! This was great.

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whatlifedishesout on 7.18.2010

Loved this! My first try at Pesto. I used walnuts and it was perfectly delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

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