Make the Most of Your Favorite Summer Herb with a Basil Pesto

During my Italian Lunch cooking class today, we made ricotta gnocchi with three sauces – marinara, pesto and butter sage.  While the marinara and butter sage sauces were quite delicious, the pesto made me appreciate the abundance of basil this time of year.  So, I share my recipe for basil pesto.

DSCN4030

Ingredients:

½ cup pignoli (pine nuts)

10 stalks of fresh basil

3 cloves of garlic

½ cup parmesan cheese

6 tablespoons of softened butter (yes, this recipe is a rich one!)

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

Remove the basil leaves from the stalks and place them in a food processor.  Add the pine nuts, garlic, cheese and butter and blend until it forms a paste.  Add the olive oil little by little as well as the salt and pepper to taste while blending the other ingredients.  Be sure to use a spatula to push down any ingredients stuck to the sides of the food processor in between your processing.  Toss the pesto with gnocchi or your favorite pasta – a little goes a long way!

DSCN4044

One response to “Make the Most of Your Favorite Summer Herb with a Basil Pesto

  1. Hi!

    Your blog caught my attention thanks to the quality of your recipes. From myTaste.com, one of the biggest recipe search engines in United States and in the world, we would like to invite you to add your blog to our site and make your recipes available to lots of people.

    This is one way to share your recipes with the world and it can also help you increase your blog traffic.

    To join Mytaste.com, just go to: http://www.mytaste.com/add-your-food-blog

    Sincerely,
    Mytaste.com

Leave a Reply