And again it is JULY at Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast, and my afternoons are spent putting up the harvest as it comes in. Today: basil pesto, a fabulous summer YUM and winter staple if you simply plan ahead and freeze a boatload of it! If you are following my blog you already know that I love pestos of ALL kinds, and Basil Pesto is the King of Pesto, the original, the classic! I make it once a week this time of year, have dinner with some of it fresh each time and freeze the rest in ice cube trays for using on pizza and pasta throughout the winter.
Pine nuts are toasted simply: put them into a dry pan and toast on a medium heat until fragrant and golden brown. The precious little nuts are pricey, I know, but that’s what makes your pesto so awesome!!! SO worth it! Spend some cash on the very best Parmesan Reggiano cheese too, you’re worth it. Remember: you cannot buy this kind of quality, delicious, healthy food, you can only make it yourself, so do it right and with the very best!
The ingredients are simple, cut this recipe by half if it’s too big for your food processor, (I have a big monster, hooray!).
I reaped 12 cups if my own organic basil, first tops of the season!!! Added 12 garlic cloves, 2 cups toasted pine nuts, 8 oz grated Parmesan Reggianno cheese, 4 t salt, 2 t pepper, 2 2/3 cup olive oil, and presto it is pesto!!!
So, out of the processor it goes and into ice cube trays. These plastic trays are easy to find at The Dollar Store. Cover very tightly with saran, double wrapping to ensure a great seal against freezer burn.
Seriously, if the police ever raid the inn they will be certain that I have a freezer full of marijuana, but honestly, Officer, it’s pesto!
Each square is a perfect size for a Naan pizza, or for two perfect bowls of pasta with marinara. If you purchase jars of basil pasta you will pay a fortune for it and you cannot trust that the ingredients are as pure and wholesome as what you put up yourself. Go ahead, be obsessive, it’s the only way you can be certain to truly eat well any more!!!!!!! What a delight: summer PESTO…soon to be enjoyed in winter!!!!!!!