Pesto Perfection

October 11, 2008

Did you know that pesto freezes perfectly?
Well it does. And it's super easy to make!
It's a great sauce that has so many uses.
Check back this week for a follow-up post featuring 15 things to do with Pesto.

So here's your basic recipe.

CLASSIC PESTO


1/4 c. pine nuts
1 garlic clove
2 c. packed fresh basil leaves (or fresh spinach leaves if your family doesn't like basil)
6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
1/4 c. fresh grated parmesan cheese*
salt & pepper to taste

*(must use high quality parm. Make sure it has stamped pin dots in the rind...that how you can tell it's real)

- Toast nuts in a dry frying pan on med heat for 7-8 minutes. stirring frequently. Let cool.
- Throw all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.

To freeze:
Var 1. Put into air tight container. Top with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and freeze.
Var 2. Pour into ice cube tray. top with plastic wrap and freeze completely. Remove cubes from tray and store in ziplock baggie. This is a great way to throw a cube or two into soups.

To thaw:
In fridge: Thaw in fridge for 24 hours.
Microwave: cook at 50% power for 5-10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.

3 comments:

Jaime Wilkins October 11, 2008  

You don't know how excited you just made me. I LOVE PESTO but I've never made it because I don't have a recipe. You are amazing. Love the new look too!

Marfa October 14, 2008  

Yum! I love it. You do not need to put the parmesan in it...it's great without, and you can grate FRESH stuff on top, if you want!

Jaime Wilkins October 17, 2008  

I just made it, DELISH and so freakin easy!

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