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Homemade Pesto Sauce

Updated on November 9, 2017

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Pignoli nuts
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cups Basil leaves, washed, stems removed

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend on low speed while using a wooden spoon to push ingredients down towards the blades.
  3. Add more olive oil as needed for desired consistency.
place all ingredients in the blender
place all ingredients in the blender
in order to blend well use a wooden spoon to push ingredients toward the blades
in order to blend well use a wooden spoon to push ingredients toward the blades

Storage of Left over Pesto Sauce

Pour pesto sauce into an ice cube tray. Seal tightly in a gallon size freezer bag. Pop out cubes of pesto sauce when needed.

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      Sandi 4 weeks ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      It was delicious! I'm not sure I can be a total vegetarian but I will say my meat consumption has dropped as I am introduced to these great dishes!! Thanks, Larry

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      Larry Rankin 4 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Sounds delicious. I'll have to give it a try.