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Simple Homemade Basil Pesto
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (chopped walnuts can also be used)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves , roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp . salt
  • 1/2 tsp . pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes , optional
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes (if using). Pulse together.
  2. Slowly stream in olive oil while pulsing together.
  3. Add more olive oil as needed to reach your desired consistency.
  4. Keep refrigerated in an air tight container until ready to use. Remaining pesto can be frozen for later use.