Homemade Basil Pesto Sans Pine Nuts

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Homemade Basil Pesto Sans Pine Nuts
We really enjoy pesto and decided to try to make some of our own since the types in the store are completely oil and very high calorie/fat/etc wise. This version of pesto sauce does not use any pine or other nut. We used the amount of sauce this recipe made with about 1lb. of pasta. It gave the pasta a light flavor which, when coupled with artichokes was simply delicious. You could easily increase the pesto-pasta ratio if you are aiming for a stronger taste.

Fresh Basil in a Food Processor

2C Fresh Basil, stems removed
1/2 Lemon
2T Olive Oil
1-2 Cloves Garlic (garlic powder will work if you’re in a bind)
Salt and Pepper

1.Place the basil in a food processor along with the juice of the lemon. Process until basil is well chopped up. This may require stopping to scrape down the edges of the processor bowl a few times (does not have to be perfect).
2. When basil is chopped to specified size, add in garlic, salt and pepper. Process until well mixed.
3. 1/2 Tablespoon by 1/2 Tablespoon, add olive oil to the basil mix, pausing to blend between each 1/2T.
4. Once all olive oil has been added, blend for about 10 more seconds. Scrape down the sides of the processor and mix pesto.
5. Add pesto to whatever dish you are eating. Enjoy!


Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4C

Notes: We mixed this pesto (1 recipe’s worth) into 1lb. pasta and served 2 cups of pasta (we were really hungry) per serving. We also tossed in some quartered artichoke hearts. The final product was an amazing healthy pasta dish. You could easily use less oil than this recipe but it wouldn’t make as much. We used all the basil we had, otherwise we probably would have put more in there! You could also add in some Parmesan cheese to mix things up!


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