Sunday, August 11, 2013

Simple Pesto

Easy dinner in under fifteen minutes? Look no further. 
Pesto with pasta is a three step meal:
  1. Blend ingredients of pesto
  2. Cook pasta
  3. Mix

Even though it's easy, pesto- mainly because I despise basil and pine nuts make me sick- is not one of my favorite foods.

At least without loads of cheese and salt.

Luckily, however, it is a generally accepted practice to put cheese on pasta. Saved by the cheese.

Here's the super easy recipe from Food Network.
It makes about 1 cup.

"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"preformed by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald


  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese (Parmesan works as well)


Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.

If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.

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