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  • Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    INGREDIENTS
    2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
    3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    Special equipment needed: A food processor (Check Amazon.com's sales on Cuisinart food processors)
    METHOD
    1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
    2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.

    Posted on 19:24 on 18 April