" I truly think it is best to be a robin lightly dressed concocting soup inside my nest" ~Maurice Sendak

Perfect Pesto

My basil plant grew like mad while we were on vacation this year so I took the opportunity to make pesto, a favorite in our house.
You can vary the ingredients from the ones I have used here. (I am not a fan of pine nuts so I substituted walnuts.)
I also add spinach to soften the favour a bit.
I haven't really made specific amounts here as it depends on how much you want to make and how much basil you have. My recipie made one large and one small mason jar.
We love pesto tossed with gnocchi or pasta, but spread on warm Italian bread is the best!
Enjoy the basil while it is at its peak for the frost will soon be here .

Basil and Spinich Pesto

  • Approximately 2cups of basil
  • 1/2 cup or so of  spinach 
  • A few cloves of minced garlic 
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of asiago cheese
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Blend basil, spinach, walnuts and add  olive oil in blender or food processor until desired consistency is reached.
Add salt,pepper, and lemon juice and mix well.
Place in jar and cover tightly.


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