Italian basil pesto is popular worldwide. It is traditionally made by putting fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and salt into a marble mortar, then crushing the ingredients with a circular motion of a wooden pestle. Olive oil is then added to bring all the crushed ingredients together. Basil pesto is a delicious sauce and a very versatile pantry item. It can be used as a pasta sauce, a spread on bread, a pizza sauce, a soup topping, and it can also be added in marinades, salad dressings, and dipping sauces. It is very simple to make basil pesto at home. With today’s technology, you will no longer need a mortar and a pestle to create this sauce. With this recipe, you can make a classic Italian basil pesto from scratch. All you need are good-quality ingredients and a blender or a food processor. So forget buying jarred pesto which can contain additives, start making your own at home – and you will score extra culinary points when entertaining also!
• 2 cups of fresh basil leaves
• 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts
• 1 garlic clove, sliced
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1 tsp grated lemon zest
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
• ¼ cup of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
This recipe takes about 10 minutes to make. Serves 2 cups.
Put basil leaves, toasted pine nuts, garlic salt, pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a bowl.
Using an immersion blender, blend until the basil leaves are roughly chopped.
Gradually pour in olive oil while the immersion blender is on.
Add Parmigiano-Reggiano, then mix using a spatula.
Ideas And Tips:
• You can also make the pesto in a blender or food processor.
• Aside from pine nuts, you can use almonds, peanuts, walnuts or cashew nuts.
• This pesto can store in the fridge for up to 7 days and in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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