Homemade Basil Pesto

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Does Basil really add flavor to tomatoes in a garden?

Homemade Basil Pesto

Make your own pesto at home and taste the true flavor
of this easy and delicious mix.

4 cups fresh basil leaves
4 - 6 cloves garlic
3/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 Teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup olive oil
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Place all ingredients except the oil and cheese in
a blender or food processor. Slowly, while blender or
processor is running, add the oil and process or blend
to a chunky paste. Do not overblend; you want this
to be chunky, not smooth. Add more oil if needed. Fold
in the cheese and store this up to a week in the
refrigerator, or for several months in the freezer, in
an airtight container.

Use as a spread on tomato halves or slices, and broil.
Mix with oil and vinegar for an instant and tasty salad dressing.
Mix with bread crumbs to use as a filling for chicken.
Stuff mushrooms with the bread crumb mixture.
Serve over pasta.



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