I have been wanting to make my own pesto forever – probably since the first time I ever tried pesto sauce. With dad’s trip winding down, I thought I should squeeze this recipe in before he leaves.
Though this can be expensive to make (pine nuts are not cheap!), it’s a relatively simple recipe and can be used in much more than pasta recipes. I can’t wait to spread it on pizza crust or mix it with mayonnaise to pep up a sandwich or Panini.
- 2 c. fresh basil leaves, washed and patted dry
- 2/3 c. grated parmesan or romano cheese
- 1/3 c. pine nuts
- 2/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
- 5 cloves of fresh garlic
- Blend pine nuts and cheese in a food processor for a few seconds.
- Drizzle in the olive oil, blending until desired consistency is achieved.
- Add garlic and blend; add basil and blend.
- Let stand for an hour. Refrigerate or freeze to store.
- Yields sauce for one to one and one-fourth pounds of cooked pasta (one cup).
The recipe does not say how long you can keep pesto sauce before it goes bad; however, a quick Google search recommends using the sauce within 7 to 10 days. You can easily freeze the sauce by lining an ice-cube tray with Saran wrap and filling the ice-cube trays; however, it’s recommended that you omit the cheese if freezing. Apparently cheese does not freeze well. (Though I swear my mom used to freeze cheese when I was young…)