Have you ever had Basil Pesto? It is a simple Italian sauce that brings summery flavor to all sorts of dishes.
For the main ingredient, I headed out to the vegetable garden.
As you can see my basil plants went a little crazy this summer!
Fresh Basil Pesto
1 cup walnuts or pine nuts
Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, (4 ounces)
2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
In a food processor, combine nuts, basil, and garlic; season generously with salt and pepper. Process until nuts are finely chopped. With machine running, pour oil in a steady stream through the feed tube; process until smooth. Use immediately.
You can also buy already-made pesto at the grocery store and here are a couple of ways to use it up...
I got this first recipe from my Father-in-law. Take slices of toasted sourdough bread, spread with butter or even better, some roasted garlic.
Spread with pesto and sprinkle with feta cheese. This was *really* good!
Another way to eat pesto is over spaghetti noodles. Grace says it's her very favorite food, she has called it "green spaghetti" since she was three. :0)
Sprinkle with more parmesan cheese and enjoy!
Along with some grilled chicken, this was our Sunday dinner.
Recipe from www.marthastewart.com