Hi hi hi.
Excuse my excitement, I made some pesto this morning, and I managed not to eat it all with a spoon from the blender. It's an applause worthy achievement really.
Pesto isn't a difficult thing to make, it doesn't even take long, and the ingredient list is very short.
I don't know why I've been craving pesto pasta, but I have, so I made it, well not the pasta. lol.
You could use it as a spread, toss cooked pasta in it, thin it out and use it as a dressing, put it on chicken or fish, or whatever meat you've cooked. Luckily I happened upon---, ok I'm lying, I specifically went to the farmer's market yesterday to get fresh things just to make this pesto, but I'm slightly ashamed to say it because I ended up with a bag full of produce that I never intended to purchase, But that's the way of the farmer's market.
If you're finding it difficult to get pine nuts, maybe try cashews, soak them a bit before hand, and pulse in the blender with the other ingredients. If you're in the Caribbean, maybe use a herb like chandon beni, basil is easy to grow, I'm just saying, don't be limited by "normal" ingredients. Hey, these recipes happened because someone experimented with things, no reason you can't.
1 cup Lemon Basil (whatever basil you like) i just picked off the leaves and smushed them into the cup
1/3 cup pine nuts
pinch of salt ( you can always add more later if it's not to you liking, or omit the salt all together and add some grated parmesan cheese.. or just omit it. )
pinch of black pepper
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 lime (juice)
olive oil to you taste
Place all ingredients, except the olive oil, in a blender and pulse until they are all roughly chopped to the same size.
slowly add olive oil through the top of the blender and blend until it's the consistency you like. If you think it's too rich at the end, add in some lime juice, the acid will balance it out.
and Presto, theres your pesto
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