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Super Simple Pesto

Makes about 1 cup


¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic OR 3 to 5 garlic scapes
1 tablespoon pine nuts or walnut pieces
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 cups fresh basil leaves


Place all of the ingredients except the basil in a blender or food processor. Blend
until smooth, then add the basil, a handful at a time, blending until all of the basil is incorportated.


Variations:
• Substitute cilantro for basil and add a little lemon or lime juice
• Substitute tarragon for basil
• Substitute 1 cup of rosemary and 2 cups of parsley for basil
• Substitute mint for basil


Suggestions for use:
• Mix with cold or hot pasta, rice, or other grains
• Use as a sauce for fish, chicken, or pork
• Top a baked potato, fill an omelet, or spread on a sandwich
• Use to flavor a pizza or tomato sauce, dressings, yogurt, etc.


Adapted from From Asparagus to Zucchini by the Madison Area CSA Coalition

This entry is related to the following products. Click on any of them for more information.
Garlic, Garlic Scape, Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Tarragon,