Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Home Made Pesto

Pesto is one of those things that you can google and find a million different recipes for, and they are all probably good in their own way. I've been craving a red pepper and pesto chicken sandwich (quite a specific craving eh?) but I didn't want to go somewhere like Paradise Bakery and get it, because, well I just prefer meals that are made by me. That's really the only way I know how my food is prepared, and what is really in it. B loves pesto so I knew this meal would be a home run with him, and I was right :)

Ingredients
One package fresh basil (mine was .66 oz)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
Pinch of salt and pepper
(Note: this recipe is high in fat, but you obviously will only be using a very small amount at a time, so you will be just fine.)

Directions
1. Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until you have a pesto texture. 
2. That's it! 

From this point you can do anything you'd like with your pesto, last night I chose to make a bun-less sandwich with roasted red bell pepper, a slice of mozzarella almond cheese and red onion. There is lots of pesto left over so I'm going to attempt a chicken pesto cauliflower pizza later this week... should be interesting! 

3 comments:

  1. I LOVE Pesto, a little goes a long way, and it's good fat! I use walnuts instead of pine nuts, I add Parmesan cheese too... I just planted basil over the weekend, so hopefully I will be making pesto soon.

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  2. I made one without nuts the other day to cut down on the fat, it was so good. Probably not technically considered pesto but that's what the recipe called it.

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  3. Yum! I love pesto! My mom and aunt usually get together one day in the fall and make a huge batch of pesto for the whole year. We divide it and freeze it in little containers so it's ready to go whenever we need it!!

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