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Recipe Category: Preserves

Home Made Basil Pesto

There is nothing like the flavour and vibrant colour of a home made pesto.

Makes: 1 1/2 cups
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • 1 bunch basil, leaves only
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Blend basil, garlic and pine nuts together in a food processor or mortar and pestle until finely chopped. Blend in oil and Parmesan to form a paste and season to taste. Store refrigerated in an airtight glass jar with a layer of olive oil on top for up to 1 month. Use in risotto, pasta, dips, spreads, salad dressings and as a marinade for meat and seafood.

Author: Naomi Crisante
Stylist: Naomi Crisante
Photographer: Louis Petruccelli
Date Created: 10/07/2007

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