Basil Pesto Sauce

16 Jul

The dip I am introducing today has become my recent favorite after trying with various things. Pesto can be used in a countless ways. There are 2 ways in which I use the most, they are with pasta and potatoes. This easy dip mingled with pasta or boiled potatoes gives a refreshing taste. This is a quick recipe for especially working mothers.

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Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

2 cloves garlic

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup cheese (parmesan/cheddar)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)

 

Method:

  1. Combine the basil, garlic, cheese and pine nuts in a food processor. Churn it. Add 1/2 cup oil and process untill fully incorporated and smooth.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.

Note:

  1. Usually an authentic pesto may require parmesan cheese but if you dont have it nevermind, you can use cheddar cheese in it.
  2. If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse it. Transfer the pesto to a large  serving bowl.
  3. If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months.

 

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2 Responses to “Basil Pesto Sauce”

  1. Choc Chip Uru July 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM #

    I am always opting for pesto in pizza and pasta, even in sandwiches – got to try this recipe 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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