Pesto Heaven

Pesto Heaven


With the bountiful summer garden yielding magnanimous amounts of aromatic amazing basil, a good recipe for pesto is absolutely essential. I found this recipe years ago and still consider it to be the best I've had anywhere. It is such an easy meal to make and bursting with delicious nutrition. Pesto, including this recipe can be frozen, savoring the delight and warmth of basil well into the winter months, until once again, basil grows triumphant in the kitchen garden.

Pesto Sauce 

4 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
4 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts (I've even used pecans with great success)
3/4 cup loosely packed parsley sprigs
1 cup olive oil
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano chesse, grated
1/2 teaspoon real salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ground black pepper

Directions: 

1. In a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine basil, garlic, nuts and parsley. 

2. Process with on/off motions until mixture is coarsely chopped. 

3. With the processor still running, add olive oil in a thin stream. 

4. Stop machine; add Parmesan or Romano cheese, salt and pepper. 

5. Process until as smooth as possible; add more salt to taste in needed. Serve mixed well with pasta of your choice.


To freeze pesto, pour into ice cubes trays, place in freezer and allow enough time to freeze till solid. Remove tray from the freezer, pop the pesto cubes out and place in a zipper freezer baggie. Another option would be to place one recipe of pesto in an appropriate-size canning jar, allowing an inch of headspace. Cap with seal and ring band and freeze. When ready to use, take out how many cubes you need and let thaw on a small plate; or if in a mason jar, remove jar and allow to thaw to room temperature. Combine with pasta per above.

Some Options:  

Add cubed cooked chicken or cooked sliced Italian sausage to the pasta along with pesto sauce.

Enjoy!!!


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Jesus Christ has been my Savior for 44 years. Robert, the wonderful man that God provided to love me has been my husband for 42 of those years. We have four children, all grown, several with children of their own. Of course that means that we have grandchildren - 10 to be exact, and three great granddaughters. I have been a stay-at-home mom, sometimes helping to supplement the income from within the home. Now I am a stay-at-home grandmother. Jesus Christ has been my guide and keeper and I have found, in all the trials, heartbreaks and good times that He just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter as the years roll by. My future is secure and I look forward to eternity in the presence of my Creator, Redeemer and King.
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