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Fresh Homemade Pesto Sauce

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Nisa Burns of Kitchenability shows you how easy it is to make a delicious pesto recipe at home, in a dorm room, or even in a small space. Pair it with gnocchi for an easy, delicious meal.
Ingredients
  Basil 5 Cup (80 tbs), washed, dried
  Garlic clove 4 Large, peeled, finely chopped
  Olive oil 12 Tablespoon (3/4 cup)
  Pine nuts 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Parmesan cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs), grated
Directions

MAKING
1. Into a blender jar, pack the basil leaves and add the chopped garlic, 1/3 of the olive oil and pine nuts.
2. Blend until the basil is pulverized into a thick paste.
3. Add more of the pine nuts and olive oil and process again, scraping down the sides of the jar with a spatula.
4. Add remaining pine nuts, olive oil and the Parmesan cheese. Blend until smooth in consistency.
5. Taste the sauce and season if you like with salt, though it is best not to add any seasoning to the sauce until using.

SERVING
6. Use the fresh basil pesto sauce to dress pasta, gnocchi or salads or to top fish, pizzas or crostini.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Interest: 
Aromatic
Method: 
Blending
Dish: 
Sauce
Ingredient: 
Fresh Basil
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
A classic, simple basil pesto recipe with fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. This tastes just like your nonna's recipe. The video gives instructions for making the pesto with a food processor or blender. But if you have the time and energy, by all means feel free to “pound” it the old fashioned way… it will taste even better! This recipe is Kosher for Passover.

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