Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto

Don't want to spend $7.00 on grocery store pesto? Make your own! Here's an easy, tasty recipe:

  • 3 cups chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • a dash of chili powder
  1. Place the basil in a blender. Pour in about 1 tablespoon of the oil, and blend basil into a paste. Gradually add pine nuts, Brazil nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, chili powder, and remaining oil. Continue to blend until smooth.
  2. This makes a lot of pesto, so if you're not going to use it all now, freeze it in an ice cube tray, then pop out and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Each ice cube is about an 1/4 cup.

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