Deliciously Fresh Basil Pesto

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Making great pesto is not as complicated as one might think. Using the fresh basil, garlic, cheese, pine nuts, and olive oil in this recipe produces a flavorful and fragrant pesto that is sure to please any palate. The garlic and pine nuts give it a subtle depth of flavor, while the cheese and olive oil add richness and creaminess. The amazing thing is it only takes a few easy steps to create this delicious sauce.

You can also add a slight twist to this traditional recipe. If desired, half the basil leaves can be substituted with spinach, which is a great way to add some green color and an extra boost of nutrition. Additionally, you can slightly toast the pine nuts to enhance their flavor. Simply place them on a baking sheet and bake for five to eight minutes in a preheated oven.

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Deliciously Fresh Basil Pesto

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Recipe by Dish Lingo Course: AppetizersCuisine: MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Total time

15

minutes

The garlic and pine nuts give it a subtle depth of flavor, while the cheese and olive oil add richness and creaminess. The amazing thing is it only takes a few easy steps to create this delicious sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups 2 1/2 packed fresh basil leaves

  • 4 cloves 4 garlic, peeled

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 olive oil

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 pine nuts, preferably toasted

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 finely grated Parmesan cheese (or a combination of Parmesan and Pecorino cheese)

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  • First, in a food processor or a blender, combine the basil leaves, pine nuts, salt, and garlic and pulse until roughly chopped.
  • As you do this, scrape down the sides of the processor as needed.
  • Then, add the olive oil slowly in a steady stream until you get a smooth paste.
  • Finally, add the cheese and pulse a few more times. You don't want to over process; this will keep the texture of each of the ingredients intact.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and you're done! Place the pesto in a jar, cover with a lid and it will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

FAQ:

Q: How long does Pesto last in the fridge?

A: Pesto will last up to a week in the fridge, as long as it’s stored properly in a jar that has been sealed with a lid.

Q: Is there any way to make the pesto even tastier?

A: Yes, you can easily add deeper flavor to the pesto by lightly toasting the pine nuts. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for five to eight minutes in a preheated oven for best results. Additionally, you could also substitute half of the basil leaves with spinach for vibrant color and a boost of nutrition.