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Homemade Basil Pesto

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A blend of pine nuts, basil, garlic and Parmesan with a drizzle of olive oil takes your senses to Genova, Italy where basil pesto was born and your palate straight to heaven!! You’re welcome!! 8^P

Ingredients

  • 4 Handfuls Fresh Basil
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Pine Nuts
  • ¼ cups Olive Oil
  • ½ cups Pecorino Romano Or Grated Parmesan
  • 1 whole Ice Cube
  • 1 pinch Salt

Preparation

1. Wash and dry (delicately!!) the basil.

2. Dice garlic and toss in food processor with pine nuts and olive oil. Start with two tablespoons of olive oil. Process til consistency is grainy like sand.

3. Add in Parmesan and process. If the texture seems too dry, add in some olive oil.

4. Add in basil and ice cube (trust me) and process til creamy. Add olive oil if the sauce seems too dense. Do not pulverize it, though–it should be grainy, but smooth.

5. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and serve over pasta or on toasted bread.

Note: Really, I mean four HANDFULS of basil, not four cups… But that measurement doesn’t really exist, does it?! Hehe… Let’s pretend that it does, and you get four handfuls of fresh basil leaves and let’s try 1/4 cup of Pecorino and 1/4 cup of Parmesan to mix things up a bit if you like!!

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kaname650 on 10.29.2009

I had some basil I needed to use so I made your pesto. YUM! I have never heard of putting an ice cube in pesto before. I am enjoying my linguine right now!

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izzy on 9.3.2009

I make mine the exact same way, except for the ice cube. I am excited to try it with that addition! I love love love fresh pesto.

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[email protected] on 8.19.2009

Made this last night. Went crazy with the pine nuts and olive oil, adding lots more. It was great. Thanks!

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Shal on 8.1.2009

I made this for dinner for me and my kid, but we didn’t have garlic so I used garlic chives (which we have in abundance here) and it tasted AMAZING! Solly, no flied lice tonight!

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anomiso on 7.23.2009

I am missing the pine nuts in this…sorry!! I now see that you have used them …
It takes a bit of getting used to this system, does it not???
I just realised that half of the ingredient of a recipe I posted had been wiped out…cause??? LOL,
I must learn to re read more accurately
Your Pesto, complete with pine nuts is Perfect!
If you serve it on home made tagliolini, you would think you have gone to Heaven…
and try it on a bruschetta with tomatoes!!!

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