If you live in a part of the country, like the northeast, whose growing season is pretty much over......
It's time to make the Pesto!
My four little basil plants did pretty well this year but when they started to flower I knew it was time to harvest them. I love fresh basil all summer to add to whatever I am cooking (I am Italian).
I mostly love it made into Pesto served on pasta or as a spread on sandwiches.
I recently clicked on the Floyd Family Homestead blog for an article on the 7 Healthy Benefits of Basil. Very interesting and a lot I didn't know. Did you know that raw basil is great for colds and the flu? I just happen to have a cold so as soon as I read that I went out and picked some leaves to chew.
Wow, is that stuff potent! And bitter! I am getting a little better.....:-)
But back to making the Pesto! You can click here for a recipe for Basil Pesto from Food Network as a guideline. I just kind of wing it though.
Did I mention that I am 100% Italian?!
Pesto consists of fresh basil leaves, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and romano/parmesan cheese. You can use salt and pepper to taste.
This bunch of basil is only half of what I grew. Each leaf has to be taken off and put in the Ninja. I have my work cut out for me.
I downsized to a small food processor after the bowls and tops of the larger ones kept cracking. I don't need a large processor most days, so I love my Ninja.
This may take awhile!
Fill the bowl of the processor with basil leaves.
For this recipe, a large food processor with a chute would be great!
Add the olive oil, nuts and garlic. I cheat here and add the cheese too! The recipe has it added at the end. Either way works.
Then just process away! For a large processor, you can add everything all at once. I needed to keep adding the ingredients as it processed down.
It is not easy to get a good picture of green food! This is not dog food. No, no, it is really, really good to eat but hard to photograph :-(
It is very easy to cook with too. Just boil some pasta of your choice, warm up the pesto a little and toss with the drained pasta. Add a sprinkle of Romano cheese and delicious!
It freezes well for last minute "what am I going to make for dinner?" days.
Be sure to check out the link above for other healthy ways to use basil.
I will leave you with my most favorite indulgence involving basil. It is this velvety body butter from Crabtree & Evelyn with avocado, basil and olive oil. It is pricey but oh so worth it. The scent is amazing too....you don't walk around smelling like the ingredients!
I am sharing with these fun blog parties:
Share Your Cup
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Full Plate Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Happiness is Homemade