Basil pesto sauce recipe from an old Mediterranean aunt

Since i’m visiting my parents, i took the occasion and started rummaging through my mother’s cooking books (which are all over the place!). I was very happy when i found a booklet written by an old friend of my mom’s who was an amazing cook and gardener, a booklet where she wrote all of her famous recipes, using ingredients mostly from her garden. She was one of the first people my mother met when she arrived to this country, and she learned a lot from her. (She used to call her the woman who knew everything!)

Today we had pasta for lunch with a delicious pesto sauce, and i’m going to share the recipe with you.

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Basil pesto:

3 cups basil leaves(chopped)

1/2 cup pine nuts or chopped walnuts

1/2 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic

salt and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

In a blender or food processor, puree basil and nuts. Add garlic, oil and Parmesan, and process till well blended and desired consistency is reached.

Place in a container, add some olive oil on top and cover. This keeps well in the refrigerator up to two weeks. It freezes well too.

(You can replace the basil with parsley for parsley pesto)

Keep tuned for more recipes each week from “the lady who knew everything”..

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