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Simple Pesto

Simple Pesto

Pesto, pesto, pesto, pesto.  Say the word and my mouth starts watering.  It is the perfect way to preserve one of the most iconic flavors of summer; basil.  All it really requires is chopping an blending.  Serve it as a dip, spread it on toast, toss it in pasta or drizzle on grilled meats.  However you like to enjoy it; pesto sheds a light on what is sensational about summer.

1 cup chopped fresh basil (you can also try this with parsely, oregano, chives, etc)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp Olio do Panne

Place the basil in a blender. Pour in about 1 tbsp of the oil, and blend basil into a paste. Gradually add Parmesan cheese, garlic, Olio do Panne, and remaining oil. Continue to blend until smooth. Stir in the pine nuts.

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Photo Credit:  Julie Cecchini


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