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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Easy Basil Pesto for Earth Day!


2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.

If freezing, transfer to an airtight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.

Calories 104                                 Sodium 0 mg
Total Fat 0 g                                 Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 0 g                                 Total Carbs 0 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g                 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g                 Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g                                 Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  
Vitamin A 0%                                Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0%                                Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Adapted from Food Network

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