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How To Make The Perfect Pesto

This basil pesto is beautifully soft, creamy, and has the perfect bite. It's a great topping for grilled chicken, fish, steak, or mixed in pasta salads.
Course Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • blender: immersion, food processor, blender, mortar & pestle

Ingredients

  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil
  • 4 cups loosely packed fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  • Toast the walnuts, peel the garlic, prepare the salt and oil, and grate the cheese.
  • Combine the greens, nuts, garlic, cheese, salt, and blend. Drizzle in the oil slowly while mixing.
  • Top your dish with deliciousness!

Notes

**Variations** 

Greens

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Kale
  • Spinach

Nuts

  • Pine nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pepitas
  • Pecans

Oil

  • Olive
  • Canola
  • Vegetable
  • Coconut
  • Avocado

Yummy Additions

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Roasted jalapeno
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Summer squash (zucchini, yellow squash)