Homemade Pesto

Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett

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There is nothing like fresh, homemade pesto.
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What's in it


3 cups packed fresh basil leaves
4 cloves garlic
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 tsp salt

How to cook it


  • Toast pine nuts in dry skillet until golden brown; set aside in bowl to cool. Pour room temperature olive oil into cold skillet and add smashed garlic cloves. Slowly heat olive oil and garlic until warm and fragrant, 5-10 minutes; set aside in bowl to cool.
  • Combine basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and nuts in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend to a smooth paste. Season to taste if needed.