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Easy Pesto

Easy PestoMaking fresh basil pesto is as easy as tossing the ingredients into a food processor or blender and pressing a button.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts*, plus additional 2 tablespoons if desired
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the basil, Parmesan or Romano, olive oil and 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts. Whirl to form a paste.
  2. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons pine nuts, if using; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Makes about 1 cup.

*To toast pine nuts, place in skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring constantly, until golden in color. Be careful not to burn the nuts.

Recipe by Hope Pryor; Photograph courtesy of Sue Ramaley; Copyright © 1999; property of CooksRecipes.com. See Terms of Use.