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    Pesto sauce

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    canarygirl's Note:

    This simple sauce can be made ahead, and even frozen for future use. A tasty way to liven up pasta, chicken or shrimp.

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    1. 1
      While preparing other ingredients, toast pine nuts in a 350ºF oven on a cookie sheet.
    2. 2
      This only takes a couple of minutes--as soon as you can smell the nuts toasting, remove them from the oven.
    3. 3
      They should be very lightly browned, but not dark.
    4. 4
      Meanwhile, remove stems from parsley and basil, and remove hearts from garlic.
    5. 5
      Put all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor, and process for about 30 seconds, or until everything is very finely chopped.
    6. 6
      Add olive oil in a steady stream until desired thickness.
    7. 7
      Thicker pesto is better for sandwiches or spreading, while thinner works well for pasta or marinating chicken or shrimp.
    8. 8
      The sauce is now ready for use!
    9. 9
      I like to marinate chicken in 1/2 the pesto for a few hours, reserving the remainder for pasta--just bake 1 1/4 lb marinated chicken strips in a 400º oven for 10 minutes, and toss with cooked mostocholi noodles that have been tossed with the remaining pesto.
    10. 10
      This is also lovely with shrimp.

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    • on March 17, 2003


      This is fabulous pesto! Very easy to throw together, and for my first try at it, I loved the ease of prep, and the flavor. Not to mention the wonderful aroma! I did as you suggested cg, and marinated chicken strips for a few hours in half the sauce. Baking them was very fast, and the rest of the pesto was for the pasta. Heavenly! Thanks for a great recipe, cg!

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    • on November 08, 2010


      Thnx or posting this quick and delicious pesto sauce, canarygirl. Enjoyed it tremendously on several different dishes. Made for KcK's Forum.

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    • on November 11, 2009


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    Nutritional Facts for Pesto sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (167 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 536.0
    Calories from Fat 494
    Total Fat 54.9 g
    Saturated Fat 8.2 g
    Cholesterol 11.0 mg
    Sodium 196.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    Sugars 1.0 g
    Protein 8.5 g

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