Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recipe: Basil Pesto

Basil PestoGourmet  | September 1996

Yield: Makes about 1 1/4 cups
Prep TIme: 45 minutes or less

• 4 cups packed fresh basil leaves, washed well
• 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted until golden, cooled, and chopped fine
• 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (about 1 1/2 ounces)
• 2 large garlic cloves, minced
• 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Optional: add 1/8 tsp or so freshly grated nutmeg and 1/4 tsp grated lemon zest

Have ready a bowl of ice and cold water. In a saucepan of boiling salted water blanch basil, a handful at a time, 2 seconds, transferring with a slotted spoon to bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Drain basil in a sieve and pat dry.

In a food processor purée basil with remaining ingredients until smooth and season with salt and pepper. Pesto may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, its surface covered with plastic wrap.



main ingredients: 
Parmesan,  Basil,  Pine Nut,  Garlic


dietary considerations: 

Thank you Nicki M. for this recipe.

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