Tasty Tuesday Link Up: Pesto!

May 02, 2017, by Sheila DelCharco

Hey Blended Blog Readers!

I'm Sheila from Making the Most of Every Day, here today to share one of my favorite summertime recipes: Pesto! 

Pesto is that funny green sauce that is fragrant with basil and just screams of summer! I love it so much that I try to grow basil as a crop so that I have abundant amounts of basil to use in summer recipes. Here are the plants I've grown from seed, almost ready to transplant!


Although it's pretty calorie dense, pesto is really good for you, if you make it fresh using good ingredients. It takes hardly any time at all and it only calls for 6 ingredients. In fact, if you put the pasta water on to boil, the pesto sauce will be ready when the pasta is finished cooking! Because nothing is cooked, it's important to use high quality items so try to avoid the green can when using parmesan and spring for something a little better. 

You can use pesto in different ways. My favorite is just adding to pasta. I also like to add several spoonfuls to chicken salad or use it as a base for homemade pizza

Have I convinced you to give pesto a try and skip buying it in the jar? Here's the recipe:

Pesto Genovese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 medium cloves garlic (or one if you don’t like a strong flavor of garlic)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cups pine nuts or sliced or slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Procedure

Put basil, garlic, cheese and salt in the bowl of a food processor and give it a whirl. Add nuts and chop. Then stream olive oil until a smooth paste forms.
If you want to see a video of this recipe, you can pop over to my blog. I also have a list of tips when making pesto and a collection of authentic Italian recipes from a series I did last October called 31 Days in My Italian Kitchen. (I grew up in Italy with an Italian mother and an American father.)
And now it's your turn! Let's see what yummy things you have to share!

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