01 April 2012

Homemade Basil Pesto


5 big handfuls basil leaves (about 2 hefty bunches)
1/2 C pine nuts or 3/4 cup walnuts
1/2 C fresh grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
Juice of 1 small lemon
2 cloves garlic, peeled

salt and pepper to taste
3/4 C extra-virgin olive oil


Place all ingredients with 1/2 cup of the oil in a blender and blend. Gradually drizzle in the remaining 1/4 cup of oil until pesto is thick and smooth.

This will yield about 2 cups of pesto, the left over stays well in an airtight container when refrigerated.

Homemade Pesto tastes much much better is fresh, cheap, healthy , quicker and easy to make than you think and ofcourse its halal . Its and excellent condiment to have in your pantry , toss in some cooked pasta or spread it on a sandwich or paratha for another quick fix meal.


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