last week, frost warnings were issued for our town…so i harvested a ton of basil. so much basil, no pine nuts and no walnuts. what to do? the following is what came of it all:
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
5 packed cups of basil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup walnut oil (if you don’t have this tasty stuff, get it or just use olive oil)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Throw seeds and garlic in the foodprocessor and blend for 15 seconds.
Add basil leaves, salt and pepper
With food processor running, slowly pour in oil. Add Parmesan.
I like my pesto a bit chunky–so i don’t blend very much.
Use pesto right away (eat it on veggies, pasta, bread, spoon) or refrigerate or freeze (put a thin film of olive oil on top to help prevent browning).