Best Basic Pesto Recipe

Apr 6, 2011 4:00 pm

A simple and delicious basil sauce

Pesto is the most classic way to use basil in Italian cooking—though this herb has many other uses. Still, you really can't go wrong with a whole bunch of meals once you can master this basic pesto recipe.

Swirl some pesto into al dente spaghetti and achieve a sort of food nirvana. Spread it on a ciabatta roll, add some mozzarella and sundried tomatoes and press it in a panini for true sandwich perfection. Pizza, chicken, a nice piece of fish? All good with pesto. 

Oh sure, there are other delicious herbs out there, but none of them can make pesto. Try it. Now.

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Photo: sassyradish on Flickr
Pesto Sauce
 
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups basil, leaves, packed, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pine nuts, lightly toasted
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/3 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Directions: 
  1. Place garlic, basil, salt, pine nuts, and cheese in a food processor or blender and process until it turns into a paste.
  2. Gradually blend in olive oil until the desired texture is achieved.
  3. Adjust seasoning as needed.
Level of Difficulty: 
Easy
Prep Time: 
15 minutes
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