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Mario Batali's Basil Pesto

Mozzarella Pesto Panino Mario Batali
Basil Dipping Sauce
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2 cups
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Basil Pesto Recipe: The options are endless when it comes to pesto. Use it as a topping for pasta, a sandwich spread, or a dressing for meat and fish.
  • 4 cups Basil Leaves (lightly packed)
  • 1 cup Pine Nuts (lightly toasted)
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
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  • 1
    4 cups Basil Leaves (lightly packed)
    2 Garlic cloves
    1 cup Pine Nuts (lightly toasted)
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
    Salt and Pepper
    Combine the basil, garlic, pine nuts and cheese in a food processor. While the motor is running, slowly drizzle in olive oil to form a thick paste. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2
    Store in an airtight container with a thin layer of olive oil on top for 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, or freeze for a few months.

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