Sow: pesto presto


I made the first pesto of the spring/summer basil Monday night. I planned to share this with you last night but it was a long Monday at work so today will do.


In this case, it was about three cups of basil, around 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan, about 1/3 cup of pine nuts, 4 cloves of garlic, almost 1/2 cup of olive oil, salt and pepper. I chucked the garlic and pine nuts into the food processor, added the basil and kept going until everything was blended. Then the oil went in while the machine was next the cheese. S&P to taste.

Lots of abouts because I didn’t use all the oil, I put in a little extra cheese, and maybe a little extra basil. I drizzled some of the leftover oil on top to preserve the vibrant green.

Do it some night. It takes no time and you can make the proportions all your own. More garlic. Less oil. More cheese. Different nuts. No nuts. 10 minutes including prep and cleaning and spinning the basil dry. The hardest part is cleaning the food processor (I was lazy and chucked it in the dishwasher because there was space).


Pretty, isn’t it?

Bruce said it was delicious too–he had it for dinner last night over farfalle pasta (you know, the bowties) with a bit of chicken. I sampled it when I got home from work after the leftovers were cold and it was still delicious. Score!

And there’s some left.

Today’s gratuitous garden photo:


They’re almost done, but it’s almost time to plant the fall beets.

Today’s gratuitous dog photo:


And one last thing, a shout out to the Grammar Belle who celebrates a year of trying to save the English-speaking world from grammatical errors today. Well done! Follow her if you aren’t and I guarantee you will be amused and re-educated.


10 thoughts on “Sow: pesto presto

    • Yes, that is genovese basil. I have used Thai basil and a combo of Italian and Thai basil and had delicious and beautiful results too. I’m going to make more soon and freeze it. It’s great to make a bunch all at once (just one clean up then) and put it up in ziploc bags. Perfect for those busy nights or nights when the fridge is looking a bit bare.


  1. I was on a total pesto kick many years ago. I experimented with different nuts, different cheeses and even different herbs. I made a delicious one with cilantro, pecans and a Mexican crumbly cheese. MMMMMM! (And thanks so much for the kind words!)


    • Allergies are a challenge for me too. When it was fashionable to sneak cauliflower into everything as a potato substitute (the low carb, anti-white food thing), I had to be really careful at banquets where they had “mashed potatoes”. It makes my lips swell like a botched collagen injection!


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