Recipe: Pesto

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It’s pesto season! For those of you with basil in the yard, or bringing home big bunches from the farmer’s market, here is an easy and delicious way to enjoy it:

(quantities are all flexible – after you’ve made it a few times, you’ll start to know what proportions taste best to you)

1 bunch basil, about as much as you see in the picture
1 small clove garlic, minced finely
1/2 cup grated parmesean cheese
2-4 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp pine nuts
salt to taste

Throw everything in the food processor and process until the ingredients are all finely chopped and evenly mixed. You can put the pesto on anything that tastes good to you, but I like it on pasta. If you’re putting it on pasta, add a bit (2 – 4 tbsp) of the hot pasta water to the pesto and mix before adding the pesto to the pasta. That extra bit of water makes a delicious creamy sauce.

Makes enough sauce for 2-4 pasta servings.

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