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Another recipe-sharing entry! During the 1990's with DADs buffet and pasta bar being the place for after-grade school grad dinners, the pasta lover in me went up to the pasta bar and since I wanted to try something new, I pointed to a green mass and when the dude on the counter said "Pesto" I was like "What?" Anyway, I ended up liking the dish and thought only DADS served it and ended up getting seconds.
I really searched for Pesto recipes and found the recipe from my mom's friend. It really is pretty simple: Just basil, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts (or walnuts, we prefer walnuts), salt, and parmesan. The traditional way is really to chop and grind with a mortar and pestle but here's a shortcut way: a food processor!
Unfortunately, our food processor conked out so I used a blender in low speed, which works okay. I don't have exact "measurements" with my pesto recipe. I just play everything by ear:
- Fresh basil leaves (you can get fresh basil at the supermarket, usually at Rustans or Shopwise, by the pack) - wash and dried well
- Olive oil
- Parmesan Cheese
- Toasted pine nuts or walnuts
- Garlic - I love lotsa garlic!
Toss 'em all in a blender or food processor and process until desired consistency is attained. Season to taste.
Pesto is great over melba toast or pasta. I just made a batch yesterday, so I'll be experimenting with pesto recipes. Till the next recipe, dahlings!