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Adrienne in Reisterstown's Note:
This WONDERFUL and easy recipe is courtesy of http://www.pickyourown.org. As expensive as basil pesto is in the stores, you'd think it was difficult to make; but it is incredibly easy. The only equipment you need is a food processor, blender or chopper.
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- 2 cups basil (fresh leaves, stuff them into a measure cup and press them down with your hand, it's not a precise m)
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1/4 cup pine nuts (if you don't have pine nuts, you can use walnuts or hazelnuts)
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced (or 1 tablespoon of prepared minced garlic)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (helps prevent the pesto from turning brown upon exposure to the air)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1Pick the leaves off of the stems. Discard any flower buds, stems or leaves that aren't in good shape. All we want are leaves; small, medium or large; as long as they are a healthy green, not brown or molding!
- 2Wash the basil. Just wash them in a large bowl under cold water, no soap!
- 3Chop the pine nuts and garlic in the food processor. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a blender.
- 4Add the basil leaves, lemon, and olive oil and chop. Stuff the basil leaves (in small batches) into the food processor and chop them into the garlic, olive oil and pine nuts.
- 5Chop the mix until it forms a thick, smooth paste.
- 6Add the grated Parmesan cheese to the food processor and blend! IMPORTANT NOTE: if you intend to freeze the pesto, leave the cheese OUT and add it when you thaw and use the pesto.
- 7Add 1 teaspoon of sugar or Splenda to the batch to bring the flavor alive. (Optional).
- 8The pesto will keep in refrigerator for about a week, or you can freeze it and it will last for 3 to 6 months.
- 9Serving? Most people serve it over pasta or use it to season fish and chicken dishes.
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Nutritional Facts for How to Easily Make Pesto from Fresh Basil
Serving Size: 1 (227 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 865.1
- Calories from Fat 763
- Total Fat 84.8 g
- Saturated Fat 13.4 g
- Cholesterol 22.0 mg
- Sodium 389.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 15.9 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
- Sugars 6.3 g
- Protein 17.5 g