Thursday, September 8, 2011

Perfecting Pesto

I don’t know about you but Pesto makes me happy. I always love making it and love it even more when I eat it. It’s easy to make and it can make any meal perfect! I know I’ve posted about pesto several times but you are just going to have to hear it again.

This week I picked up some fresh basil at the locally grown market. It smelled up the whole car. It was heavenly! I couldn’t wait to make pesto out of it but I didn’t get around to it till tonight. Good thing it was freshly picked and put into water. When you buy it at the grocery store, who knows how long it’s been picked.

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To make a quick and easy pesto follow these steps:

Make sure you have all your ingredients (parmesan, olive oil, basil, garlic cloves, and pine nuts)

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Start by putting your basil and pine nuts in your food processer. Pulse a few times.

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Add your garlic cloves and pulse a few more times.

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Slowly add your olive oil at a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrap sides down.

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Add parmesan and pulse a few more times. Add salt pepper to taste.

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See! Simple and easy. The possibilities are endless.

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Here are a few ideas to use your pesto. Tilapia and pasta, Shrimp and pesto pizza, chicken pesto. Tonight I made chicken pesto!

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Another fun thing about pesto is that it freezes well. I divided it up and placed it into 2 separate containers and put in the freezer for quick and easy meals.

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Basil Pesto

2 Cups of fresh Basil

1/2 Cup of freshly grated parmesan

1/2 Cup Olive oil

1/3 Cup pine nuts

3 Medium garlic cloves

salt and freshly ground pepper.

Start by putting your basil and pine nuts in your food processer. Pulse a few times.  Add your garlic cloves and pulse a few more times. Slowly add your olive oil at a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrap sides down. Add parmesan and pulse a few more times. Add salt pepper to taste.

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