fresh basil pesto in a mason jar.
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Basil Pesto Recipe

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Have no time and want to make a fancy-pants dinner on a low budget? One word for you – pesto.

If you don’t want to overpay for a tiny jar of questionable origins, or you’re just too drunk to go to the store, make your own pesto. If you can spell it, you can make it.

The next time your jovial Italian friend or relative asks “Would you like a basil plant?” – jump all over that business! The plant needs water but grows like a weed, and you will find so many culinary uses for it. Look for plants in the produce section for cheap!


The fancy pants recipe? Boil some long pasta til al dente – drain. While pasta is boiling, in a separate pan, saute 1/2 an onion and some chopped mushrooms in a TBSP of olive oil until onion is translucent. Add some shrimp and saute until pink. Remove from heat. Toss in big bowl with pasta, pesto and 1 tbsp of butter and a dash of red pepper flakes. Light some candles, pour white wine and put on the boom-chick-a-wow-wow music. Single? Put on the Golden Girls and kick your socked feet up on the coffee table! Daddy understands!

Fresh Basil Pesto

Prep Time7 mins
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, easy, fancy, garlic, green, pesto, quick, robust, sauce, spread
Author: Kenny MacKenzie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves lightly packed
  • 6 TBSP extra virgin olive oil more if needed
  • 1 large clove garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt fine
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place basil leaves in food processor – followed by everything except the olive oil.
  • Process until well chopped.
  • Get olive oil ready. Turn processor back on and slowly drizzle in the 6 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil until well combined and vividly green. Makes about 1 cup of pesto.
  • Add to dish or store in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days in the fridge – or freeze in an airtight container for up to 5 months.

Notes

If using right away in a pasta dish, you may want to add 1-2 more TBSP’s for desired consistency and amount. 


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