Pesto

We had our third annual pesto making with James a few weeks ago…Each summer James grows a ton of basil in his garden and then brings it to me and I make pesto and we all eat food all day, drink alcohol and make pesto…and watch football. Well the dudes watch, and I just say how lame it is and cook HA!

I always try to catch James right as he walks in the door when he brings the basil over, as I know it will be epic…

Hiiiiii James!

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Got Basil?
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OK let’s do this:

OK so first things first we need to pull the basil leaves off

Not a fun job as you can see…
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I helped a little too
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Basil pickers!
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Look at all the basil
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Gotta wash the basil now
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My kitchen sink has been taken over by BASIL! HA! (not a bad thing)
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Our whole apt smelled like Basil, it was pretty awesome!

Now that the basil is washed, it needs to dry next
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Recipe
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pignolis (pine nuts)
3 tablespoons chopped garlic (9 cloves)
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups good olive oil
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
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Notes: Air is the enemy of pesto. For freezing, pack it in containers with a film of oil or plastic wrap directly on top with the air pressed out.

To clean basil, remove the leaves, swirl them in a bowl of water, and then spin them very dry in a salad spinner. Store them in a closed plastic bag with a slightly damp paper towel. As long as the leaves are dry they will stay green for several days.

Place the walnuts, pignolis, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 15 seconds.

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Add the basil leaves,

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salt,
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and pepper.
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With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Use right away or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin-film of olive oil on top.

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2 thoughts on “Pesto

  1. Jamie – I freeze my pesto in ice cube trays and then transfer the cubes into a container. In the middle of winter you melt a cube in warm pasta!

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