Sweet Basil and Thai Basil

What to do with all the basil you grew this season? Make pesto! And why not? Pesto is great on pasta, pizza, sandwiches or as salad dressing. It is easy to make, and best of all, is delicious. Pesto also freezes well so it will last a long time.

This recipe comes courtesy of our friend McRae Anderson of McCaren Designs, Inc.

 

Ingredients To Make Pesto (Makes 1 cup)

4 large garlic cloves

4 tablespoons on lightly toasted pine nuts

1 cup of basil (firmly packed)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)

3 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions For Making Pesto

  1. Puree garlic and pine nuts in a blender.
  2. Add basil, butter and olive oil.
  3. Process until mixture becomes a thick paste.
  4. Place mixture into a bowl.
  5. Fold in the Parmesan cheese.
  6. Enjoy!

This recipe also works well with kale or spinach.

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