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Recipe

Basil Pesto

Drizzle the pesto over pizzas that are bubbling hot from the oven.

  • Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves

Directions

  • Add pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, salt, pepper, red-pepper flakes, and olive oil to a blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds. While blender is still running, add basil leaves and continue to blend until finely chopped, about 1 minute longer. Transfer pesto to a small container and cover it with plastic wrap, pressing wrap so it sits directly on pesto.
  • Cook's Note: The pesto sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated until ready to use.