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 http://simplyrecipes.com/