Am I the only one with a garden full of basil? I’m still getting tomatoes too. Where is fall? I’m thinking it’s lost. Have you seen it?
I feel like a squirrel this year, storing nuts for the winter. My freezer is full of tomato sauce, pesto, and ice cream. I miss the taste of fresh basil so much in the winter that I am determined to make enough pesto to last me until next spring. Well that, and that I can’t think of anything else to do with the massive amounts of basil growing in my yard.
Note to self: next year, plant one plant for one person. Not two.
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2 cups fresh basil
1 cup flat leaf parsley
4 cloves of garlic, halved
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted*
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 – 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
In a food processor, blender, or mini chopper, finally chop the herbs and garlic. Add in the nuts and give it a whirl. Add lemon juice, water, salt and pepper, and pulse to combine. Everything should be very finely chopped and well mixed by now. Add in half the cheese and stream in some of the oil. Blend well. Add in the rest of the cheese and some more of the oil. Blend and then look at the pesto. If it’s smooth enough for you, you’re done. Add in more olive oil if you want a smoother consistency. Taste it for seasonings, adjust with more olive oil, salt, and pepper, if desired. The last stages of pesto are really all about preference.
*To toast pine nuts: place in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally. The nuts are done when they begin to brown and smelly nutty. Watch carefully! Nuts burn very easily.
-Adapted from Tyler Florence
To serve pesto with pasta: Boil desired amount of pasta in well-salted water. Drain pasta and reserve about 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Toss hot pasta with fresh pesto and enough liquid to make a nice sauce. Serve with extra cheese and more fresh basil.
To freeze fresh pesto: Fill an ice cube tray evenly with pesto. Freeze tray for 24 hours then pop cubes out and store in a plastic bag in the freezer. Toss them into a hot pot whenever you want pesto or to add a nice basil flavor to whatever you are cooking. I usually allow between 1-2 cubes of pesto per serving.
This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.