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Food and Recipes

Homemade Pesto

Homemade Pesto Recipes & Tips

The traditional way to make pesto is with a mortar and pestle but here are two tasty recipes (one for basil pesto and the other for rosemary pesto) that you can make with your food processor. I’ve also added a video showing you how to make fresh pesto with a mortar and pestle along with a few other tips below.
Fresh Pesto Ingredients: Basil, Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese, Pine Nuts & Garlic

Fresh Pesto Ingredients: Basil, Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese, Pine Nuts & Garlic
Classic Basil Pesto Recipe
Source: Rosalind Creasy’s Recipes from the Garden

3 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


    * Combine in a blender or food processor garlic, basil leaves, nuts, salt, pepper and half the oil.
    * Puree slowly adding the remaining oil.
    * Transfer mixture to a bowl and add grated cheese, mix thoroughly.
    * Makes approximately 1 1/4 cups.

Rosemary Pesto Recipe
Source: Preserving Summer’s Bounty By Susan McClure

1 clove garlic
1/2 cup fresh oregano leaves
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 cup chopped scallions
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

    * With a food processor running, put the garlic, oregano, rosemary, and orange rind through the feed tube. Stop the processor and scrape down the sides of the container.
    * Turn the machine on again, add scallions and pepper flakes, then the oil and vinegar. Stop and scrape down the sides of the container.
    * Continue processing with on/off turns until the rosemary is well minced and the mixture has formed a paste.
    * Yield: 1/2 cup

How To Make Pesto

This is a good video showing you how to make the traditional pesto genovese using a mortar and pestle. The video is a little long at just under ten minutes, but there’s a lot of info and tips shared, worthwhile watching.

How To Make Your Own Homemade Pesto

Serving Ideas

    * Pesto Pasta: Approximately 1 to 2 tablespoons pesto per pasta serving. You may need to add some warm water to make pesto the right consistency (use the water pasta was cooked in).
    * Vegetable Soups: Try a teaspoon or two of pesto in minestrone, bean or vegetable soups.
    * Pesto Rice: Stir pesto into cooked rice and serve, or use as a rice stuffing for vegetables.
    * Meat & Fish: Use pesto as a condiment on cooked meat and fish, lovely!
    * Pesto Spread: Use on bruschetta, focaccia and breads as a spread.

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Sunday, 26 July 2009    Section: Food and Recipes
Article tags: recipe pesto
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