Stop and Smell the Basil...
We live in a fast-paced world. Sometimes, we need to just slow down and take a moment to appreciate the beauty around us.
As I walked through the market a few days ago, I smelled basil. I, personally, have a problem of going to the market and buying many things that are not on my grocery list, causing me to go over budget. However, I took a moment and smelled the sweet smell of fresh basil. I was instantly inspired to make pesto.
Pesto is a raw sauce that can be used to spice up pasta, soups, or even mashed potatoes. I used a food processor, but it is traditionally made with a granite mortar and pestle. You don't really need a recipe for pesto. Just add however much of the ingredients that you like for the texture you like.
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup of pine nuts
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- My easy way: Put everything in the food processor and pulse until mixed. Traditional way: Grind with a mortar and pestle.
- I like to put my pesto over whole wheat pasta, and top with grated cheese.