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Basil Walnut Pesto

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Sunday, 26 July 2009 09:54
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves (approx. 2 oz)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Place basil, olive oil, walnuts, garlic and salt (if using) in food processor.
  • Blend until thoroughly combined.
  • Add Parmesan and butter (if using) and blend 5-10 seconds more.
  • Just before serving, add 2 Tbsp of hot pasta water from cooked pasta.
  • Serve over pasta with bread and salad.


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