I wasn't sure what to do for this post at first, but a day or so after she emailed me, I noticed that our basil plant was getting rather weighed down with leaves and decided to make some pesto before they withered and were unusable. So, I thought...why not share how to do that with all of you? :)
So...here's a yummy, healthy and easy way to use up some basil! :)
|First, pick about five cups of leaves|
|Clean out the bad spots and remove the stems.|
|Clean your basil and dry it|
|Next, put about half a cup of nuts (I used almonds, but walnuts would be even better) into the bottom of a food processor and pulse a couple times.|
|Add your basil (It will be less than five cups when you put it in because you will need to pack it in.) and process for a few minutes|
|Add about half a cup of olive oil and one and a half cups of Parmesan cheese|
|Add about two or three tablespoons of minced garlic|
|And a few pinches of salt|
|Process until fully blended|
|And that's it!|
Tips: Pesto tastes best when it's chilled.
Also, it's wonderful on toast and bagels
Pesto is often times a rather expensive item in the grocery store (especially if you're going to find it this healthy) so, now you can enjoy it at a low cost and know for sure that there's nothing unhealthy about it!