Can we talk about fresh, homemade pesto for a minute? It's delicious and amazing, and it's on our minds with the abundance of basil from the garden. The even better news is, it's simple to make!
Just take 2 cups of fresh basil, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup of pine nuts (you can sub walnuts), 1/2 cup fresh parmesan (grated or in chunks), and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and put them in a food processor. Pulse it all until it's combined.
Next, while the motor's running on the food processor, drizzle 1/3 - 1/2 cup of olive oil in the top - you can use more or less depending on how thick you like the pesto. Keep blending until it reaches a consistency you like.
That's it! Really! You might be wondering if it's okay to use a blender instead of a food processor - you can, but it might be a bit soupy. A food processor seems to yield the best texture.
You can put this homemade pesto over your favorite pasta, spread it on fresh bread, sauce up a sandwich, drizzle it over your favorite fish or chicken or beef. It's the sauce of summer, friends!
We'll be at market this week with:
- Summer squash
- Green beans
- Sweet peppers
and fresh bread! Hope to see you soon!