We will start from the basics. Who doesn't love pesto? And I don't mean this in the supermarkets (whose texture reminds me more of an illness ), but the homemade one that will fill your home's air with a delicious smell. Alternatively, if you have time no at all, you can search for some fresh store-bought pestos (in the deli sections of the supermarkets). This one touches a little bit the perfection of homemade pesto. Just a little, by a little click.
Ingredients (makes 1/2 jar)
:: 2-3 large handfuls of fresh basil leaves
:: 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
:: 1/4 cup pine nuts
:: 1/3 cup olive oil
:: 1 clove garlic
:: 1/4 teaspoon of salt and plenty of grounded pepper
Mash all ingredients in the blender or you can do the same thing by hand with a mortar and pestle. I , personally, will go for a not-evenly porridge pesto, as in that case I can't taste the flavors. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
So, this pesto will be your homework for today and tomorrow I will show you 3 of my favorite pesto recipes. Deal?