We recently bought a large package of organic basil from Trader Joe’s to make the pita pizza that my daughter loves. The problem is you only use a small amount to garnish the pizza, so I had a lot left over. Fortunately for me, my thinking cap was working well and I thought about pesto sauce! It is incredibly easy to make and I didn’t have to make a run to the grocery store for the other ingredients! I served it with organic spaghetti and it was delicious! The wonderful recipe came from the Food Network.
- 2 cups packed organic basil leaves
- 2 cloves organic garlic
- ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
- ⅔ cup (you can use slightly less) organic extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Pulse until coarsely chopped in a blender or food processor, the basil, garlic and pine nuts. Add ½ cup olive oil and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, but go easy on the salt, because the Parmesan is salty.
- If you are going to use the sauce immediately, add the Parmesan cheese and the remaining olive oil.
- If you want to freeze the sauce, transfer it into an air-tight container and drizzle the remaining oil on top. Can be left in freezer up to 3 months. When you are ready to use it, thaw and stir in cheese. Makes approximately one cup of sauce.