Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I have always been able to grow basil. I pick a little here and there and then usually end of drying a big mess of it at the end of the season.

This year I had a particularly large bush and guests in the house I needed to feed. Looking for something a little different, I decided to try some pesto. I know, after all these years and my many food adventures, I have never made fresh pesto. This was the year.

Well, all I have to say is - what took me so long! It was a big hit and so. very. good. Next time I make it I will make sure there are not 7 hungry mouths to feed. In fact, I won't even tell anyone! I will just hide in a corner of the house with my jar of pesto and a loaf of bread. Of course, the resulting garlic breath will give me away. But by then it will be too late! Bwahahaha!

Here's the real deal.

Start with 2 cups of fresh basil.

Cram it into a food processor with:

1/2 C pine nuts
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 olive oil
4 cloves of garlic
1/4 t salt

Whir the dickens out of it until it looks like this:

Toss it with your favorite pasta, spread it on your favorite bread, or eat with a spoon. Mmmmm.



YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Next time when you make it, will you at least invite me?
I love basil but I have never made pesto either!

Tipper said...

I wish I had some now : )

Anonymous said...

I think I'd rather eat it with a cracker than with a spoon...


Buck said...

I managed to kill the wife's Sweet Basil plant growing in a pot on the dining room window sill. It appears these plants like to be watered. Guess I'll have to send her over to see you for more.

Julie said...

Lee, you should try the spoon before you dis it. It's THAT good.

Buck, Shame on you. Send her on.