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Presto Pesto!

May 1, 2010

In my continuing quest to try new things I invested in a HUMONGOID basil plant from Trader Joes (only $2.99!) I have never kept herb plants before, so when it started drooping I didn’t know what was wrong until my boyfriend knocked me on the head and said, “You need to prune those leaves you know.” Whoops! You can see I’m only halfway through my pruning in the picture and there were still a ton of huge leaves left.

Now the next question, what to do with copious amounts of basil? This time mom to the rescue! Make pesto!

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (or almonds, or walnuts!)

3 gloves garlic

1 1/2 cups fresh basil

1/2 cup olive oil

1 pinch ground nutmeg

3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Throw everything into a food processor or blender and go to town!

Now I combined a bunch of pesto recipes to come to this one and even this is highly customizable based on your taste. Some people complained about too much garlic, but I ended up adding another clove because I am afraid of Dracula. The ground nutmeg is a big plus in my book, but many recipes don’t contain it. Pine nuts taste the best (or most traditional), but I loved the cheaper toasted almonds.

The first day we had the pesto as is over some pasta, but the next day I heated milk and a tbsp of flour on the stove and added the pesto to make a cream sauce. I added leftover asparagus stalks and leftover salmon for an easy weeknight dinner.

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  1. May 1, 2010 11:46 pm

    I have never heard of placing nutmeg in the pesto… nice… i will try that!

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