How to make it

  • If you are using walnuts, pulse them in the processor to make them small enough.
  • Put basil in the processor (with the pine nuts if you are using pine nuts) and pulse a few times.
  • Add garlic, pulse a few times
  • Turn the food processor on, and add oil in a slow, steady stream.
  • Stop occasionally to scrape the sides of the processor with a spatula.
  • Add the cheese and pulse until well blended.
  • Add salt and white pepper to taste.
  • NB: If you are going to freeze the sauce, do not add the cheese. When you are ready to use the frozen pesto, thaw it, and add the cheese at that point in the processor.

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    " It was good "
    pointsevenout ate it and said...
    My first pesto. Turned out pretty good.
    See Pesto for more.
    8/9/13
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  • beautidiva 2 years ago
    Do you think that I could can this?
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  • shells 2 years ago
    I don't have a food processor, can you use the Magic Bullet or will it muck up?
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  • sday5 3 years ago
    I made it today. It is very nice. I would give it a 5 but I don't see how to do that.
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  • kayhan_styles 6 years ago
    This sounds delicious..will try soon!
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  • kayhan_styles 6 years ago
    This sounds delicious..will try soon!
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    " It was excellent "
    tazoncaffeine ate it and said...
    Excellent! This is how I was taught (but with mortar and pestle, thankfully we have the food processor now!)
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    " It was excellent "
    dottiet ate it and said...
    A keeper. Thanks.
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    " It was excellent "
    suzalleogram ate it and said...
    Just how I make it! Good post.
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    " It was excellent "
    uhannigan ate it and said...
    This is real, basic pesto. None of the variations I've tried have really improved on it. I lost the recipe some years ago, though I've been guessing on the proportions since then. It's great to have it again. (This time I'll memorize it!)
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  • bobecque 7 years ago
    curious as to why we don't want to add the cheese if we freeze our mixture.
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