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Basic Pesto Recipe

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A richly flavorful pesto of basil, garlic and oil makes a tasty dressing for pasta as well as a wonderful addition to sliced tomatoes, crusty Italian bread, pizza, or steamed new potatoes.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced. Add more to taste; this is minimal.
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts (or substitute roasted sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup grated hard cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water or lemon juice
  • salt, if needed
Directions
PREP
10 mins
COOK
0 mins
READY IN
10 mins
  • Place leaves in food processor and chop coarsely.
  • Add remaining ingredients and pulse, scraping down the sides of the container when necessary, until all contents are well blended into a medium-thick paste. Taste the pesto for seasoning and add salt, if needed.
  • Thin with a little water if too thick.
  • If you have access to an abundance of basil, make excess pesto and freeze it for future use.
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