Fresh Pesto

Fresh Pesto
Recipe by Dragon

I love Pesto and it's always a treat when I can make my own. With the abundance of basil in my garden this year, I was able to make several batches this weekend. My friends are going to love me. I can't get enough of the deep rich colour. I like to add parsley in addition to the basil to create a milder tasting pesto.

Makes: 1 1/2 cups

1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed tightly
1/2 cup parsley, packed tightly
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, coursely chopped
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1. In a food processor, combine basil, parsley, salt, garlic, pepper and pine nuts. Pulse to until the basil mixture is finely chopped.

2. Turn the food processor on and add the olive oil slowly until the basil mixture.

3. Add butter and cheese. Pulse until the cheese and butter are blended into the basil mixture.

4. The pesto should be stored in an air tight container and can be stored for up to one week in the refrigerator.


Emiline said...

Hooray for pesto!
That's a good tip about the parsley.

Arundathi said...

Mmm... love pesto and the parsley idea is super!

Adam said...

I agree with the parsley people. I noticed you added a little butter too, that's something I've never heard of before. Very cool idea!

Oh and yes, your friends will totally love you.

noble pig said...

I like your idea of adding parsley! The color is beautiful too.

Kevin said...

That pesto looks so fresh and vibrant and good!

Lo said...

I also love adding parsley to my pesto... AND, as an added bonus, it helps the pesto to stay GREEN if you choose to freeze it.

Which means more attractive pesto in January! (In Wisconsin, that bit of green is a life saver!!)

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love pesto, too - this is such a vibrant and beautiful color!

Dragon said...

emiline: Hooray for you. :)

arundathi: Thanks!

adam: A little bit of butter just give the pesto a little extra something that's hard to describe but it works.

noble: Thanks, babe.

kevin: The colour is stunning. It was hard to photograph it to bring it out.

lo: Neat little trick, eh? :)

patricia: thanks!

zita said...

Grreat tip, so adore pesto :)

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