Quick And Easy Delicious Garlic Pesto Recipe
Pesto is one of my favorite sauces for pasta or ravioli. you can also use pesto on a sandwich, a salad or on cooked vegetables for a tasty addition to your meal. Pesto is a cold sauce that is prepared with a blender or a food processor and can be made in just minutes with a few simple ingredients. You can see more recipes and tips for healthy living at my blog, which is www.primelivingtips.com.
Pesto was originated in Genoa, Italy, of course. The tradition began sometime in the 16th century and the name comes from the Genovese word pesta, which means to pound or to crush. The traditional old-fashioned way of making pesto is done with a mortar and pestle. I prefer to do it the modern way using a food processor which is really quick and easy.
For a good Pesto, you will need some quality virgin cold pressed olive oil, some fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts and grated romano and parmesan cheese. The best part about making Pesto sauce is that you don’t have to worry too much about being very strict with the amounts. You really want to go for taste and consistency and you really can’t go wrong. A little more oil for a smoother texture or a little less for a thicker consistency.
Pesto is incredible with linguine, spaghetti or any other one of your favorite pastas, but you can also use pesto on a sandwich, a salad or on cooked vegetables for a tasty addition to your meal. Here are some other ways to enjoy this great sauce with your meals:
- Create a “green” pizza that replaces red sauce with basil pesto.
- Knead your favorite bread, focaccia or pizza dough recipe with a spoonful.
- Give your creamy dips and sandwich spreads a bold new flavor.
- Dress your salad with a homemade pesto vinaigrette.
- Amp up your veggies and roasted potatoes.
- Top your bruschetta and crostini creations.
- Give your potato or chicken salads a new edge and ditch the mayo.
- Marinate your meats and seafood for a new crisp, fresh flavor.
So, here’s my quick and easy Garlic Pesto Recipe.
3 or 4 cloves of fresh peeled garlic
4 cups of fresh basil leaves (rinsed)
1 cup of Pine Nuts
Virgin Olive Oil (about 16 ounces or a half-liter)
1/2 cup of grated Romano Cheese
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground pepper (to taste)
Start by placing the Garlic Cloves, Basil Leaves and Pine Nuts in your food processor. (If all of the basil won’t fit, you can make your sauce in two batches and mix together in a large bowl.
Pulse the above ingredients until they begin to blend into small pieces, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the food processor with a spatula. Now, start to add some of the olive oil and pulse again, blending everything into a paste. Continue to pulse or just process, while adding more olive oil to the mixture while it’s being processed, until the mixture becomes creamy.
Scrape the mixture into a large bowl. Now you can blend in your Romano and Parmesan cheese. Add the grated cheese into the bowl of pesto and more olive oil as needed to get it to the texture and consistency you desire. Make sure to mix the cheese in thoroughly so that you get rid of any lumps.
Add in your salt and pepper and mix. Taste and adjust with more salt, pepper and oil.
So that’s basically it and you now have a really tasty, healthy dish that’s ready to go. I love fresh garlic pesto with some porcini mushroom ravioli or just a good package of linguine. Once you make your own fresh Pesto sauce, you will want to make it again and again.
If you are looking for ways to eat healthier and live longer, (and who isn’t?) then check out this article on the Top 10 Healthiest Foods To Eat.
So are you getting hungry, yet? Now go ahead and make your Pesto!
photo of bowl of pasta by Luca Nebuloni at flickr.com – https://flic.kr/p/cxD7j5
all other photos by Adam Brenner