Sunday, February 7, 2010

Homemade Pesto Sauce

 Sauces are one of my favorites to make. I love combining different ingredients such as; fresh herbs, spices and oils together. Pesto is one of the easiest sauces you can make. My girls Hanna and Amani love helping make this delicious sauce because they too help put the basil into the food processor ... one by one!

 Ingredients you will need:

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 cloves garlic
2 cups of fresh Basil
1/4 cup Parmigiana cheese
1/4 cup Romano cheese
1/4 cup roasted Pine Nuts or toasted Walnuts
1 teaspoon Black pepper
1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper

Wash then dry the Basil. Once the Basil is dried pick the Basil leaves off of the stems (side aside). Set up a large plate lined with paper towel. Then, on HIGH heat place a sauté pan with 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Allow the oil to get hot (when the oil runs across the pan) place the Pine Nuts in the oil and with a large spoon constantly move the Pine nuts around(or they will BURN). Once they are a golden brown color remove and drain the oil quickly onto the paper lined plate.
If you use Walnuts instead of Pine Nuts; lay the Walnuts on a flat sheet and place in toaster oven. Toast until they are golden brown....DO NOT BURN!

In the food processor, combine the garlic, Parmigiana cheese, Romano cheese, Basil, Pine Nuts or Walnuts, Crushed Red Peppers, Black Pepper and E.V.O.O (slowly add the E.V.O.O as the ingredients are blending together.) Once the consistency is slightly thick ... sauce like, it is ready!

Add it to pasta, dipping with bread, mozzarella & tomatoes, Toasted Salami and Goat cheese sandwich, scrambled eggs and to whatever else you may have a taste for. ENJOY!

1 comment:

  1. I ran across your blogsthrough your fB page, I am Amber's cousin....I love to cook also and I'm a SAHD of two girls also. I have been looking for a good Pesto recipe and this looks delicious.

    I am going to try this! Thanks



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