My garden is overflowing with basil this year. We have had a warm and dry summer, with very little rain, and my basil plants were VERY happy with those conditions. Last year I waited too long to use the last of my basil and the frost got to it first. This year, I made better choices. I chopped that basil down and brought it inside for some pesto-yumminess. This is from just one plant.
Oh, the smell! I made all of the teenage boys, who were at my house watching football, smell the basil and appreciate the home grown goodness. (They are good kids and happily smelled the basil and pretended to care that I was going to make pesto.)
Sometimes, when I make pesto, I just throw in a little of this and a little of that. This time, I actually measured. Here’s what I did.
I put the following ingredients into the food processor:
2 cups packed basil
4 small cloves of garlic
3/4 cup of pine nuts
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon natural sea salt
After a few second in the food processor, it’s all done!
I was able to make several batches with the basil from my garden, so I put some in mini jars and put them in the freezer. I was really wishing that I had ice cube trays because I think that would have worked out better for freezing. Oh well, maybe next year.
***Here’s a little tip. Pine nuts are not cheap. If you are making lots of pesto, buy the big bag from Costco.***
I made those teenage boys some sandwiches with my (borrowed) panani press (thank you Leslie). The sandwiches had sourdough bread, homemade pesto, turkey, provolone cheese, and sundried tomatoes. They enjoyed the sandwiches and told me the pesto was really good… I told you they were good kids!
Happy pesto making!