Fresh Basil Pesto

Presto! It’s Pesto

I couldn’t help but take a picture of Pepé next to these basil plants. I was showing a friend how big the plants have grown. He laughed and said, “It looks like Pepé’s tree house.” I think Pepé would really dislike living in a tree house. He’s made of wood and doesn’t like bugs – especially termites. LOL

Making fresh pesto is incredibly easy and has many uses. I like to eat it on slices of rustic garlic bread (the same bread I make my croutons with). I take it as an appetizer to parties all the time. You can also put it on pasta, chicken, fish, pizza, potatoes and just about anything your taste buds desire.

I used to use pine nuts instead of walnuts for many years, but they are pretty expensive and I discovered that there are regions in Italy that prefer walnuts over pine nuts. I made the switch and nobody even noticed. I’ve been told by many of my friends that my pesto is the best. I do recommend that you grow your own basil plants in the ground in full sun because buying cut basil is not cheap either. I can buy a whole plant and stick it in the ground, wait a month and have more than quadrupled my amount. I usually have so much basil by the end of summer that I chop it and freeze it in ice trays. Later, I can use those to season other recipes.

Put basil, garlic, salt and pepper into a food processor or blender and mix.

Scrape the sides, add walnuts and cheese and blend some more.

Add some oil while machine is running (about 1/2).

Taste. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Add more oil while machine is running until you get the right consistency. It should be about a medium paste and not too runny.

 

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Cuisine Italian
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Ingredients
  • 4 Cups basil leaves (Medium Packed)
  • 5 Garlic Gloves
  • 2/3 Cups Walnuts
  • 1 Cup Parmisiano Reggiano Cheese (Can sub any grated parmesan cheese)
  • 3/4 Cup olive oil (More if needed)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Cuisine Italian
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups basil leaves (Medium Packed)
  • 5 Garlic Gloves
  • 2/3 Cups Walnuts
  • 1 Cup Parmisiano Reggiano Cheese (Can sub any grated parmesan cheese)
  • 3/4 Cup olive oil (More if needed)
  • salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Put basil, garlic, salt and pepper into a food processor or blender and mix. Scrape the sides, add walnuts and cheese and blend some more. Add some oil while machine is running (about 1/2). Taste. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Add more oil while machine is running until you get the right consistency. It should be about a medium paste and not too runny.
  2. If freezing, combine all ingredients except for nuts and cheese. Add nuts and cheese after thawing.
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