Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Perfect Pesto!

I am a huge fan of Italian food... and pesto!  Pesto (a sauce originating in Italy that usually consists of basil, crushed garlic, and pine nuts blended with olive oil and Parmesan cheese) is great on pizzas, on sandwiches, on pasta....

Here is my favorite pesto recipe!  It's basic, simple, never-fail, and delicious.

(makes 2 cups)
  • 3 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Combine basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese in the bowl of a food processor or blender.  Blend to a smooth paste.  Store in refrigerator.

Last night I was so tired, I didn't feel like cooking but I was hungry and wanted something warm and comforting!  I remembered I had some of my delicious pesto left in the fridge... so I grabbed a whole wheat tortilla and smeared some pesto on it.  Then I topped the tortilla with a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, and some turkey pepperoni.  Next, I laid the loaded tortilla in a pre-heated pan (face up) on the stove, folded the tortilla in half, and cooked over medium heat on each side for a few minutes.  VOILA!  A quick and easy Pesto Quesadilla!  Yum.

You can use this basic pesto in all sorts of other recipes... it's a good sauce to have on-hand!


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