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Ko how do I make pesto??

Just like the title says I would like to know how to make pesto from scratch. Figured you would know how to do this.
Thanks,
:slight_smile: Groove

I know you directed this question to ko but let me give you a recipe for making Pesto:

2 c. fresh basil
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp.Romano cheese
3 tbsp. butter at room- temperature1 1/2 lbs. Pasta

Place basil, oil, nuts, garlic, salt and pepper in blender. Puree until evenly mixed. Using rubber spatula, scrape into bowl. Blend into the cheeses, then beat in butter. Before serving, add 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water to pesto. Spoon over cooked pasta. Toss to coat and serve.

I know this is not the healthy Pesto pasta. But taste great! Hope this helps. A great cooking web site is COOKS.com. Thats where I got this recipe.

2 cloves garlic

3 TB raw pinenuts

1/4 tspn salt

1/4 tspn fresh cracked pepper

3 C basil gently basil

1/2 C Extra virgin olive oil

l/2 C freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

In a food processor process the garlic pine nuts, salt and pepper in spurts just until no whole leaves remain. With the machine running , slowly add your oil in a steady stream. Add your cheese, and pulse until incorporated.

Thanks guys, however I don;t have access to a food processor/blender so is there another way to do it?


:slight_smile: Groove

I don’t know if you can puree it any other way. Unless ko does. Blender is not a expensive thing to puchase either. I have a plastic one, bought it at shop rite a supermarket. For $19.95, I make my shakes in the blender also.

I’ve heard that you can sub sunflower seed for pine nuts, because pine nuts are f*#&ubg expensive.