Basil Pesto

  • Yield: Makes about 1 cup
Basil Pesto

Source: Martha Stewart's Cooking School

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (grated on medium holes of a box grater)
  • 1/2 cup best-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Directions

  1. Cover garlic in a small saucepan with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then immediately drain and let garlic cool to room temperature.

  2. In a blender or food processor, pulse basil, garlic, pine nuts, and the cheese to incorporate. Pour in the oil in a slow steady stream, and pulse until combined; season with salt. Serve immediately or cover with a layer of oil and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze in small amounts for easy use.

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