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“Oh! PESTO!!!! The glories of summer in a spoon. You can freeze pesto for a wonderful reminder of summer in January. You can add it to pasta or gnocchi, seafood, chicken, meats… Or just treat yourself to a spoonful. If you freeze, I suggest you leave the cheese out & add it when you unfreeze. At that time, you can add more of any of the other ingredients if you want. You can make this in a food processor or the traditional mortar & pestle. Pesto darkens when exposed to air so to store, cover tightly with plastic wrap making sure the plastic is touching the top of the pesto.”
READY IN:
5mins
SERVES:
4
YIELD:
1 cup
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a food processor: Place the basil leaves and pine nuts into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a several times. Add the garlic and Parmesan or Romano cheese and pulse several times more. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. While the food processor is running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady small stream. Occasionally stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor.
  2. In a mortar: Place pine nuts, basil, garlic and salt in the mortar and grind with a pestle until paste. Add cheeses and drizzle in olive oil, beating with a wooden spoon.
  3. Store in jars, topped with a very thin coating of extra virgin olive oil to just cover the pesto. Or, line ice cube trays with oiled plastic wrap & fill with pesto to freeze.

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