Basil Pesto

August 28, 2012

If you have never made your own pesto, you should! It's really easy and it tastes way better than the store bought stuff. It is a great condiment, or sauce to have on hand as you can mix it and add it into so many things to add flavour. Our favourite way to eat it is by using it as a pasta sauce. We usually add chicken, pasta and whatever veggies we have on hand for a yummy, easy weeknight supper. 

Begin with a lot of basil. This is about 5-6 cups of packed fresh basil. This stuff is quite easy to grow in a pot on your deck or in your garden, which makes it cheaper to make. I harvested our whole basil plant and this is what I got out of it this year. 
Before adding anything, whiz the basil up in the food processor just to pack it down a bit. 

Add in 1.5 cups of chopped parmesan cheese, 1 cup of pine nuts, 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped and 1 tsp of salt. 

Whirr it all together until everything is blended and there are no chunks left. 
With the food processor running, drizzle in 1 cup of olive oil, slowly, to bring everything all together and turn it into a paste. 
Pretend you are Kate Middleton while using your LONDON spatula to wipe down the edges of the bowl. 

Each of my little containers holds 1/2 cup of pesto. I just pop these in the freezer and we have basil pesto year round to add to things!

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