This flavorful pesto recipe is made from the freshest ingredients garlic, pine nuts, and basil. Classic pesto goes well pasta, pizza, bruschetta, and can be added to soups or omelets. Make extra batches so you'll have enough to last all winter.
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts or pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups basil leaves (about 4 ounces)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
Drop nuts and garlic through food chute with food processor on; process until minced. Add oil; pulse 3 times. Add basil, cheese, and salt; process until finely minced, scraping sides of bowl once.
I found that the weights and the capacities did not quite match up. I used the capacity measurements for the cheese and the basil, which I think is why mine ended up with a little too much garlic for my taste. Now that I know, I'll improvise. However, with the blend of flavors on the butternut squash pesto pizza, the garlic didn't seem so overpowering. I'll make it again and tweak the garlic a bit.
4 cups of basil is not 4 ounces in weight. This recipe makes sense only if you use the cup measurements.Usually I toast nuts before putting them in pesto, and while this is good, there's something of a raw nut taste that I don't prefer. Still, it's not bad and was a great addition to pasta..
This is a great, delicious way to use your basil from your garden. When I made it, I used two extra large cloves of garlic, but everything else exactly like the recipe and it turned out really well. I highly recommend it!
Fantastic fresh pesto. Used on Pesto Pizza with Butternut Squash, where it worked perfectly. I doubled the garlic, as I do with most recipes, and it was great. Found a great 4 oz. package of fresh basil at Whole Foods, which was perfect for making this recipe before my herbs have grown.
I must confess that I used dried basil to make this, as my little herb garden did not have 4 cups of fresh basil to spare. I added 1 cup (the math actually worked out to more) and it was quite dry and crumbly, so I added one more tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp. powdered lecithin (an emulsifier) and 2 tbsps. water. I agree that it is quite potent, but should do nicely for a variety of recipes. I used some of it immediately for CL Chicken, Red Grape and Pesto Pizza.