Merrin’s Making Pesto


3 cups of packed fresh basil leaves

3 to 4 large garlic cloves

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

salt and pepper

*optional: 1/3 cup of a type of nut – pine nut, walnut or macadamia nut


1. Place the basil leaves and garlic in a blender or food processor and mince well.
2. Add the choice of nut, if desired, and continue to blend until the nuts are ground.
3. Drizzle in the olive oil ( or in sections like Merrin did) as you keep the machine running. Once you have a smooth paste, transfer it to the bowl and gently stir in the cheese.
4. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Add to some hot noodles, use as a pizza sauce or as a dip with crackers!


Note: recipe is adapted from the Moosewood Cookbook


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