What’s cooking this weekend is not actually "cooking". My family loves pesto but I can’t seem to find a prepared one that I like and since it is so easy to make, I love to make my own. The beauty of pesto is that it comes together in 10 minutes and requires no cooking, just a food processor. I know there are a lot of variations of pesto using different herbs and nuts but I do love the classic pine nut and basil variety.
2 cups of fresh basil, lightly packed
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/3 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup good olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
I make a double batch, use one and freeze the other in ice cube trays. Two or three cubes of pesto are the perfect amount for pasta for two people. We also add a dollop of pesto to brown rice, toss grilled chicken in it, spread it on sandwiches, and I recently used it for a great appetizer. Make or buy pizza dough. Parcook the dough in a 450 degree oven for about 6 minutes. Spread pesto all over the pizza shell and return to the oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut into strips. Serve warm or at room temperature.
What is your favorite way to use pesto? Share your recipes in the comments below.