Is your pesto the besto?

I think that is my blog’s second Friends reference.

Only two in one year? I must be slipping.

Pesto is something I love, but have never made. For the longest time, it was because I didn’t have a food processor and you need that to make pesto. I purchased a mini food processor last fall, where it has sat in the pantry with many of the other kitchen appliances I purchase and rarely use.

They are a source of contention between me and my husband. He brings them up every time I get on him for refusing to throw things away. Well, I can’t let him be right, so I got out the food processor and made pesto last week. I then used it to make chicken pesto Panini with my Panini maker — another kitchen appliance I seldom use.


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 3 medium-sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Recipe from


2 responses

  1. Did you know that they show Friends on Nick at Night??? In my mind that is reserved things like the Brady Bunch, Cosby Show, Gilligan’s Island…not the show that we lived and breathed by as college students….makes me feel so old!

    Love you!

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