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basil pesto.... recipe exchange

megan | May 23, 200504:42 PM

finally there was some good basil at the farmer's market this past weekend. nice and tender. I made some basil pesto that made me wish I could make my tomato plants grow faster! I had to laugh, during the winter I can almost make myself believe that jar pesto sauce is tasty, but it doesn't hold a candle to the real thing.

Thought we could swap some pesto recipes, if anyone has some good ones.

Here is mine... sorry it is not more exact, it ends up a little different every time... and usually varies by the amount of basil/parsley I have.

basil & parsley - usually in a 1/3 parsley, 2/3 basil, sometimes 50/50. occassionally I'll throw in a little baby spinach if I am short on key ingredients.
handful of toasted pine nuts (or walnuts)
1/4 = 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, grated
fresh ground black pepper
a dash of salt
garlic (a clove or two... sometimes roasted)
olive oil.. probably about 1/4 cup
juice of a whole lemon (if small, half if large)
whiz up until smooth in a food processor, toss w/ hot pasta, or spread of roasted veggie sandwhiches, etc. uses are endless.

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