Basil Pesto: Eating Italy

by Karen on Friday, October 15, 2010

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I strongly suggest that all your ingredients are bought whole and in their raw form and you chop them yourself.  Because this is a fresh sauce, the freshness of your ingredients are key!

– 1 large bundle of basil, leaves only
– 3/4 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
– 2 tbsps of pine nuts
– 1/2 cup of good quality extra virgin olive oil
– 1 large garlic clove, minced
– 1 tsp of kosher salt

First put a few chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano in the food processor and process until grated.  Remove and set aside in a bowl.  Next, put the garlic clove in the food processor and process until minced (no need to clean it out, its all ending up in the same place anyway).  Add your basil leaves, pine nuts, salt and run the processor while streaming in the extra virgin olive oil.  When it is all incorporated into a paste, transfer into a bowl and fold in the freshly ground Parmigiano Reggiano.  Drizzle in a little more extra virgin olive oil if the pesto needs it.  Your sauce should be a little chunky but wet.

Toss in some pasta or gnocchi and scarf!


Valerie October 15, 2010 at 9:54 am

This was grotesquely delicious. Grotesquely so because I couldn’t stop eating them even when I was grotesquely full. And it’s decided, yes, basil is my absolute favorite herb! I love, love, love it like I HATE cilantro!

Karen October 15, 2010 at 11:03 am

Well just watch out, maybe one day I’ll make some cilantro pesto… muah hahaha!

Jo October 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

Anything with pine nuts is worth a chomp in my book! 😀

Vegolicious February 3, 2011 at 3:56 am

I am sure this tasted as good as it looks.

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Abby February 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Looks great! For the first ingredient, I think you meant to write “1 large bundle of basil, leaves only” not “1 large bundle of pesto, leaves only.”

Karen February 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

Yes basil not pesto– yikes– Thanks for catching that!

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