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Carla Hall's Basil Pesto

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Make your own basil pesto in minutes!
skill level
Easy
time
1-30min
servings
2 cups
cost
$
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Make your own basil pesto in minutes with Carla's quick and easy recipe!
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ingredients
  • 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
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step-by-step directions We've Made Cooking As Easy As 1-2-3! printer friendly version 
  • 1
    2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
    2 cloves garlic
    1/4 cup pine nuts
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
    Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and whirl until mixture is bright green and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 2
    Remaining olive oil
    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    If you're using the pesto immediately, add all of the remaining oil and whirl until smooth. Transfer pesto to bowl and mix in the Parmesan cheese.
  • 3
      
    If freezing, transfer to an airtight container or ice cube tray and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.
 
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