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Saturday Project: Homemade Basil Pesto

on August 31, 2013

Basil for pesto

Genovese basil.
Photo credit: Burpee


Pesto a la Lux

1 large pinch of sea salt
4 tablespoons pine nuts
4 cloves roasted garlic
2 cups basil leaves
1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
1/2 cup olive oil

Wrap the garlic in a little tin foil and roast at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool.

Put the salt and the pine nuts into a food processor. Blend. Add the basil, blend more. You’ll want to stop and scrape down the side of the processor to get everything blended smoothly. Add the garlic, ditto. Add the cheese, ditto. Finally, keep blending and pour in the oil in a gentle stream.

Store in the fridge until used.

NOTE: It’s even better when the basil comes fresh out of your own garden.


2 Responses to “Saturday Project: Homemade Basil Pesto”

  1. Tina S says:

    Love homemade pesto. A lot of store bought ones use less basil and put in fillers like spinach. I add green olives and crushed red pepper to mine. :)

  2. lux says:

    The other filler you find in store brands is walnuts instead of pine nuts, which if you happen to have nut allergies is a real problem. (Pine nuts are seeds and I don’t react to them).