Pesto: Angelina and Chelsea’s Recipe

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Mrs. C and Mrs. W’s Pesto

Ingredients:
2 cups tightly packed basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup lightly roasted pine nuts
two or three garlic cloves
1.5 tsp salt*
1/2 tsp pepper

Method: Put all the dry ingredients in a food
processor. Pour in the oil. Blend the heck out of it until it is
precisely the texture you like your pesto to be.  You can also grind
all the ingredients together in a mortar and pestle if you have a good
one.  I don’t.

Recipe notes: Pesto freezes very well so
if you have a ton of basil and can get your hands on all the other
ingredients, I suggest you make as many batches as you can to enjoy
during the cold months of winter when mired in root vegetables and
dreaming of the taste of summer.  I recommend using a vacuum sealer if
you have one for the best possible quality.

*Chelsea and I have a stylistic difference of opinion on the amount
of salt necessary to make this pesto shine…I like one and a half
teaspoons, she likes two. Basically, use as much as you think is best.

2 thoughts on “Pesto: Angelina and Chelsea’s Recipe

  1. michelle

    great green goodness! love the simple recipe but i totally am in longing for your ramekin/crock that it is in!!!
    my big favorite is how easy it is to use once it is made…pesto on ‘wichs…..pesto on eggs….but I prefer walnuts, not that you care, lol and i have made it with cilantro with easy substitution! thanks for the new item to lust after!

  2. stitchy1

    I love my ramekin too! It’s made by Pillivuyt, but that pattern was discontinued and whenever I find it still being sold somewhere they are now insanely expensive.
    I’ve done this recipe with cilantro too and it was very good. I like pesto made with walnuts too but I prefer the pungency of pine nuts.
    The most important thing is to find a recipe whose proportions suit your tastes- for us this is the best ratio of ingredients. We added more cheese than some recipes call for because we like it that way. Pesto is one of those great sauces that can be personalized in hundreds of ways.

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