I love basil. It’s one of my favorite flavors in Italian food. And (knock-on-wood) it’s an herb I’ve actually had some success in growing on my own.
One of my favorite things to make with basil is fresh pesto. I love it over a warm bowl of pasta, or even as the base in a yummy pizza dish. Pesto is quite easy to make. All you have to do is remember the number 4.
@ 2 cups of fresh basil, washed
4 garlic cloves
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
First, place your basil leaves in the food processor and pulse it a few times.
Next, add the garlic, pine nuts, and parmesan.
Turn on the food processor, and while those are mixing, drizzle in the olive oil through that nifty spout at the top.
That’s all you do! Mmm… I can smell it already.
What you don’t use, you can store in the fridge in a jar. You can freeze it if you have extra you’d like to store. Just freeze them into ice cube trays, and pop one or two out when you need some. (You can’t can pesto).
But the best thing to do is to use it immediately. YUM.
You only need a couple of spoonfuls for a bowl of pasta. A little of this goes a long way.
And I must let you know, that while I think this is the best stuff on the planet, my kids think the fresh pesto is too spicy and prefer the kind from the jar. *sigh*