Basil Pesto

The truth is, most of the time it is easier to buy something than make it yourself.




Read that one too fast did you?

All of the above are just easier to buy than make yourself.

But some things are worth the effort and much better when you make them yourselves.

Like thoughtful cards.

Or romantic dinners.

And this pesto.

There is something about deliciously fresh pesto that is extra special. Romantic dinners and thoughtful cards are great too.

But I was really just craving some pesto.

It’s one of those things that looks like it would be really hard, but you are just putting a bunch of sh*t in a blender and pressing a button.

It’s easy and delicious.

And pretty.

Which is totally the most important part.

 You will need…

¼ cup walnuts

¼ cup pine nuts

3 tablespoons chopped garlic (about 9 cloves)

5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed (this means pressed down)

1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 ½ cups olive oil
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Start by placing the walnuts, garlic and pine nuts in the bwol of a food processor or blender.

Process the mixture for 15 seconds.

Add in the basil leaves, salt and pepper and ½ cup of the olive oil.

Process for 30 seconds and then add another ½ cup of oil.

You want to add it slowly so the mixture doesn’t become too oily and the consistency can be to your liking.

Add in the Parmesan and the remaining oil (if you desire it be oilier) and puree the mixture for 1 minute.

Serve with your favorite pasta, on crackers or spread on a delicious piece of bread.

Or rub it all over your body if that’s your fancy.

I don’t judge.

Love and Beer Floats

P.S. Yes oilier is a word. I looked up.