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Martha's Pesto

Quick and easy pesto, pulsed in the food processor, makes good use of the abundance of spicy basil during summer. It takes just a few minutes to make a sauce for topping pastas, sandwiches, or vegetables.

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2008


  • 3 cups packed fresh basil, torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Puree basil, nuts, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor. With machine running, slowly add oil, and process until smooth. Stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes

Cover, and refrigerate up to 1 day.

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  • bellus
    29 JUL, 2008
    This pesto was so easy to make and very versatile which I love! You can top meat or chicken with it. Serve it with pasta. I added it to store bought marinara to go over pasta. I'm going to make this more often and come up with new ways to serve it!