Kitchen Basics: How To Make Pesto

Homemade pestoHomemade pesto is super easy to make and can add so much flavor to dishes you probably already make. Fresh store-bought pestos (like the kind you can usually find in the deli section) are fantastic too. Lately I have been getting a large bunch of basil in my CSA deliveries, and more often than not, I turn it into pesto. This is most easily done with a food processor, but a good blender will work too, or you can do it by hand with a mortar and pestle if you're cool like that.

How to make pestoEasy Homemade Pesto, makes about 1/2 cup.

2-3 ounces fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts
a generous 1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
juice from 1/2 a lime or lemon
1 clove of garlic (optional, I forgot to buy garlic this week so I left it out)

Puree in food processor. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Pesto recipePesto recipeI love pesto on pasta, spread on sandwiches, mixed in with salads or as the base for a tart or pizza. There are all sorts of ways to enjoy pesto. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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