As summer comes to an end my basil plants are finally big enough to make a batch of pesto. I love pesto and it is so easy to make. I try to make a batch or two each summer and put a little in the freezer to enjoy through the winter. I freeze the pesto in ice cube trays and then place them in plastic freezer bags, perfect for pastas and soups.
For basil pesto you will need fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, fresh garlic, good olive oil, salt, fresh ground pepper and....
toasted pine nuts. Guess who forgot to put them in the photo.
Grate the Parmesan......
Grate the garlic.
Throw it all in the food processor and drizzle in some olive oil.
It's that easy!
Did you notice that amazing Edgeware V-etched grater? It makes quick work of grating the Parmesan, the garlic and actually anything else you want to grate.
Edgeware makes a whole line of fabulous graters and zesters and it is an Arkansas company which I think is awesome, since I grew up there. The handles are very easy to grip and each of the graters includes the V- shaped teeth and non-stick coating for smoother and easier grating. The Coarse grater’s V-shaped teeth allow it to produce beautiful julienne style shavings of carrots and cucumbers.
Edgeware is offering a set of 3 graters and a zester to one lucky person. Let me tell you, you will absolutely love these! I use them from everything from chocolate to cheese and they are so handy! The zester does an amazing job on lemons, better than any zester I've ever tried and they come in these cool colors!
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- 3 cups fresh basil
- ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated
- ⅔ cup pine nuts, toasted
- 4 garlic cloves, grated
- ¾ cup olive oil
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Add fresh basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, and garlic to bowl of food processor. Pulse for about 30 seconds or until basil and pine nuts are coarsely ground. Place food processor on low speed and drizzle in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Use your basil pesto on pasta, potatoes, chicken, bruschetta or to make Pesto Stuffed Chicken Rolls, my favorite!
Disclosure: I was provided with the product for review and Edgeware is providing the giveaway. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are mine alone.