Pesto Sauce

 Delicious, Quick Side Dishes


  • 2 bunches basil, leaves only, washed

  • 1/2 clove garlic, peeled and germ removed

  • 1 teaspoon pine nuts, very lightly toasted

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Plunge the basil into the boiling water and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain the leaves and refresh under cold water. Let cool. Drain, then squeeze the leaves free of excess moisture.

  2. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover, pressing a piece of plastic wrap against the surface, and set aside until needed.

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