Homemade Basil Pesto (Print Me)
3 packed cups fresh basil
4 cloves garlic
3/4 cups shredded parmigiano reggiano (or parmesan)
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
Start by blanching the basil to preserve it's freshness and color. To do so first prepare a bowl of ice water and set aside. Steep basil in boiling water for 15 seconds then immediately transfer to prepared ice bath. Immediately drain the herbs, then press them dry with paper towels.
Place blanched basil and remaining ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate any left over pesto in air tight container.
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