Monday, December 20, 2010

Basil Pesto–A Taste of Summer in the Dark Days of Winter

Basil Pesto

I know what you’re thinking, “Basil pesto?  Pam, really!  In the middle of winter, the week of Christmas?  What are you thinking?” 

What I’m thinking is that this is the best time for basil pesto.  This is why I preserve my herby summer bounty.  So, that in the middle of winter, when I am stretched for time, out comes a jar of basil pesto.  One perfect jar of summer goodness, ready to sauce a pound of pasta in the blink of an eye.  And isn’t that what we need right now…a dish that goes together in the blink of an eye! 

Basil Pesto

I love nothing more than a simple sauced pasta dish as my main course, but if you were making a fancy shmancy holiday dinner, some pasta dressed with the lovely pesto, would make a pretty green side dish!

This lovely pesto comes from Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipesby Giada De Laurentiis.

Basil Pesto

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • About 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Into the bowl of a food processor,  add the garlic, basil leaves, pine nuts, salt, and pepper. Pulse until finely chopped. With the processor still running, slowly pour 2/3 cup of olive oil. Check for a thick, yet smooth consistency, adding more oil if necessary. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the parmesan cheese.

Makes enough to sauce one pound of pasta.

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30 comments:

Joanne said...

The taste of fresh basil definitely throws me into summer more than just about any other! This must be glorious in these frigid temps!

Melynda said...

There is no better time than winter, pesto is fresh when everything else seems dull. I have mine frozen also, but I did not thing to put it up in the one pound pasta size. I do take it from the freezer and cut a thin slice and add to my soup, or on top of spaghetti or other pasta dish.

Kim said...

I think it's the perfect week to break out your fresh and delicious homemade pesto Very festive!

lostpastremembered said...

Do you freeze it or just can it??? Such a good idea to have summer in a jar but when I've tried to freeze it... it comes out... well, nasty... yours looks gorgeous!

Corinnea said...

Pesto is amazing anytime of year!!

I love your header.

June said...

Darn, you're organized! Quit making me look bad would ya.. LOL

Carolina said...

Stir this through spaghetti, add sliced tomatoes, finely chopped anchovis, halved black olives and mozzarella on top, put in a pre-heated oven for as long as needed and enjoy. That will (honestly) be our dinner tomorrow.

Mouthwateringly lovely ;-)

shabby girl said...

Mmmm, yummy! Green is a Christmas color!

Amy said...

Basil pesto works anytime of year. It does not discriminate because of winter or Christmas, so I say good call!

Marjie said...

I would probably have a bunch of people whining that they don't want green goop on their pasta. That's just how my guys are! But I'd still like to try it.

Holly said...

I love Pesto!! This sounds delish!!:)

Jennifurla said...

YummmE - I loev it. A refreshing dinner for the winter

food for thought said...

we had basil pasta last night, you gotta cut the holiday cheer every now and then!

Lea Ann said...

Good for you! This pesto looks heavenly right now and I've got some in the freezer that I've been needing to dig out. I'd much rather think about pesto on pasta than Christmas Cookies. But that's just me. Merry Christmas to you and your family Pam.

Pam said...

Pesto on pasta sounds wonderful right now!

CherylK said...

So you make it and freeze it? I adore pesto and have basil in the summer but I've never tried to preserve it. I sure will, next year!

Meantime, that looks like a great recipe and I'm going to bookmark it. Thanks!

Anh said...

i'm totally with you!! :)

Julie said...

Sounds just delicious to me! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

MM said...

Pesto right now sounds mighty fine to me! That first shot of the pesto in a jar is very inviting.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Lovely! I dream of the day my basil grows bushy enough to make pesto. Sigh.
I love that you bottled up summer!

grace said...

you write 'herby' and my mind automatically goes to herbie the love bug. either way, i'm happy. :)

Chris said...

Our basil failed this year for the first time. So I reject your pesto taunting ;)

And making plans to raid your back yard next year if our basil fails again!

Debinhawaii said...

Perfect for pulling on on a cold dreary day, pesto always makes everything taste so fresh. ;-)

ARLENE said...

I must venture into canning. I freeze my pesto in ice cube trays and, while it's still delicious, it loses some of the vibrant green color. Yours looks fresh picked!

Miriam said...

I adore pesto year round! I lived in a city in Italy named Genova, famous for its basil and pesto. Seeing your picture and thinking about pesto makes me miss it **sigh**. I am follow ing you form the H&S hop. I would love it if you could follow me back at Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Miz Helen said...

Your Basil Pesto recipe looks great. Thank you for sharing your recipe and Happy New Year!

J L Health 918-836-0565 said...

Mmmmmm....Fresh basil pesto in the days just after Christmas. I'm so jealous! Looks incredible. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Kim Tackett said...

Pam, I knew you'd have a good pesto recipe. Do you think this would freeze (for those of us who don't can?). BTW, I made a batch of your granola to send to Alex at college. It was the only thing she wanted!

Kim

Patty said...

Do you seal the jars like jelly? How long is the shelf life if you just make it and put it in a jar?

Pam said...

Patty - I don't seal mine or process them. I store it in the freezer.