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    Purple Basil Pesto

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    Miss_Elaine's Note:

    While stalking the web for a recipe to use my bushels of purple basil, I came across this wonderful recipe. Please tell me how you make it your own! The Farmgirl Fare site where I found the recips does state "Except for the fact that purple basil isn't as pretty as the green and does make a rather oddly colored pesto, I would probably quit growing the green stuff altogether. Mixing a few green leaves into the pesto does help brighten it up a bit."

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    • 1/2 cup whole almond (roasted & salted)
    • 4 ounces purple basil (about 4 cups packed, but it's best if you weigh it)
    • 3 -6 large garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


    1. 1
      Mix all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor until thoroughly combined and the consistency you like.
    2. 2
      With the food processor running, drizzle in the olive oil through that chute thingie. Add more salt to taste if necessary.
    3. 3
      Store pesto in the refrigerator for several days or freeze.

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    • on August 13, 2011


      Thanks, Elaine, for saving me! I don't have bushels of purple pesto, just cups, but still am thrilled to find your recipe! I toasted the almonds in the microwave and just used your recommended amount of salt. I have a mini food processor, so had to chop the almonds before toasting. I didn't use all the oil and found that to be just fine. Looking forward to the second harvest in a few weeks! It would probably be yummier with salted toasted almonds, but we just don't keep those at home - they're too darned good!
      Thanks again! Happy gardening!

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    Nutritional Facts for Purple Basil Pesto

    Serving Size: 1 (281 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 584.7
    Calories from Fat 527
    Total Fat 58.5 g
    Saturated Fat 6.9 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 585.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
    Sugars 1.6 g
    Protein 9.7 g

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