Traditional Basil Pesto
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pes·to ˈpestō/ noun
a sauce of crushed basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, typically served with pasta.
While pesto is typically served over warm pasta, it's pretty yummy on top of a freshly grilled burger, mixed with a bit of Greek yogurt as a dip, or slathered on a turkey or rotisserie chicken sandwich. Pesto is easy to make at home in a food processor, and can be stored for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. It also makes a great housewarming or hostess gift! My new go-to recipe for pesto replaces basil with spinach and arugula. It's AWESOME with chicken, or tossed with farfalle. Below are great recipes for both the traditional version and a couple of variations.
This recipe from Martha Stewart kind of takes the pesto thing to a whole new level. It's got presentation style, color, crunch and fantastic blending of tastes. So how hungry are you now?
Super simple traditional basil pesto! Food Network gives you the recipe and a 4-min. video to walk you through the prep.
Did you know you can freeze a batch of pesto for up to 3 months?
Amy at SheWearsManyHats.com has a nice picture tutorial for making a creamy pesto and pasta dish with farfalle that's shown below.
Tip: If you're watching your fat content, swap out the heavy cream in her recipe with half and half.
For even more pesto, check out these 25 Unique Pesto Recipes if you love the flavor and/or texture of any of these ingredients: Tarragon kale lemons pistachio mint figs.
The hexagon shaped glass jars are a great way to share a batch or two of your favorite pesto with friends and family. Add a label and a jute bow, and voila! A gift any foodie will love.
The Hamilton Beach 8-cup food processor is a budget model that gets great reviews, and can easily handle a batch or two of pesto.