Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tricia's Perfect Pesto Sauce

My daughter-in-law, Tricia, is a great cook. She is very health conscious and usually makes everything from scratch. Here is her perfect pesto sauce recipe that she made while I was visiting in Utah. It is definitely a winner!

Tricia's Perfect Pesto Sauce

1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a small skillet over medium-low heat, toast the pine nuts in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, stirring constantly just until the pine nuts begin to turn golden. This toasting really brings out their flavor. (Be careful! Don't let them burn.)

Put the pine nuts into the bowl of a food processor or blender and add the rest of the olive oil, basil leaves, garlic and salt. Process until almost smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple of times so that the sauce blends evenly. Add Parmesan cheese and process just to mix.

Serve over your favorite pasta.

**This makes about 2 cups and freezes really well.

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