Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is my mother's recipe for pesto. In order to make my mother's recipe, the first step is VERY important! :)

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  1. Grow 4-5 large basil plants so you can make this all summer long. Purple basil makes the spiciest pesto (my Dad's favorite).
  2. Put basil, nuts, cheese and garlic in a food processor.
  3. Turn it on and drizzle in enough olive oil to reach the desired consistency - thick for spreading on bread or thin for tossing with cooked vegetables or pasta.
  4. NOTE: Do not use dried basil. This recipe can be frozen (in ice cube trays or 1/2 - 1 cup portions) for up to 6 months, but do not add the cheese until you are ready to eat or the sauce will fall apart.


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Hey ~ I think we stretched this a bit to feed 6.... but it was perfect. I served it over some chicken with some quinoa(grain) for my family - so made it exactly according to your recipe. All I've got to say is, YUM=). Very basic, very good! Thanks.

Atiekay June 14, 2008

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