Basil Pesto

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WHAT'S SPECIAL
Basil Pesto originates from Italy, particularly from the Liguria region, where it is a beloved culinary staple. Traditionally made with fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and extra virgin olive oil, this aromatic sauce captures the essence of Italian cuisine and is celebrated for its bright flavor and versatility.

Basil Pesto

Made with just a handful of ingredients, including fragrant basil, pungent garlic, and creamy Parmesan cheese, this sauce packs a punch of flavor that brightens up any dish.
Basil Pesto is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways:
- Serve it tossed with freshly cooked pasta for a quick and satisfying meal,
- spread it on sandwiches or wraps for a burst of flavor,
- drizzle it over grilled vegetables or meats for a vibrant finishing touch.
The possibilities are endless!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 cups

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender
  • Airtight container (for storage)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ┬╝ cup pine nuts
  • ┬Ż cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ┬Ż cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper ( to taste)

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor or blender, combine the basil leaves, garlic, and pine nuts. Pulse until finely chopped.
  • Add the grated Parmesan cheese to the mixture and pulse again until combined.
  • With the food processor or blender running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the mixture comes together into a smooth and creamy sauce.
  • Season the pesto with salt and pepper to taste, adjusting the seasoning as needed.
  • Transfer the Basil Pesto to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

  • For a nut-free version, you can omit the pine nuts or substitute them with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  • To prevent the basil from oxidizing and turning brown, cover the surface of the pesto with a thin layer of olive oil before sealing the container.
  • Basil Pesto can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for longer-term storage. Divide it into small portions and freeze in ice cube trays for easy portioning.
  • Customize the flavor of your Basil Pesto by adding a squeeze of lemon juice or a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of heat. Adjust the amount of garlic and Parmesan cheese to suit your taste preferences.
Keyword Italian food, Pesto

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