Gourmet Pesto Sauce

Gourmet Pesto Sauce
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 48
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 35.1
  • Total Fat: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.8 mg
  • Sodium: 44.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 0.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0.7 g

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Introduction

The origins of pesto are somehow uncertain but some historical letters found in the archives of Genoa (Liguria) mention a dressing called "battuto d'aglio" (literally battered garlic) back in the 1600's. Basil has been known to all the Mediterranean people since the age of the Romans, probably originating from the northern coasts of Africa. The origins of pesto are somehow uncertain but some historical letters found in the archives of Genoa (Liguria) mention a dressing called "battuto d'aglio" (literally battered garlic) back in the 1600's. Basil has been known to all the Mediterranean people since the age of the Romans, probably originating from the northern coasts of Africa.
Number of Servings: 48

Ingredients

    2 cups fresh basil leaves
    3 cloves garlic
    1/2 cup pine nuts
    1 cup parsley
    1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
    1/2 tsp course salt
    1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil EVOO

Directions

Preparation
Combine and purée all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Add additional olive oil to thin sauce as desired. Serve with lightly buttered, freshly cooked pasta.

Storing
Put sauce into jars, pour a light film of oil on top, and cover with lids. Leave a small space between the top of the oil and the lids if the jars are to be frozen. Refrigerate up to 2 months, or freeze up to 1 year.

Notes
Pesto, also makes a great spread for your favorite breads and crackers. Add ground beef or sausage and use it as a spaghetti or pasta sauce. Next time you bake a pizza replace the red sauce with pesto and enjoy.

In addition to using as a sauce for pasta, this may be spread on broiled meats or chicken, added to soups for extra flavor, or used as a seasoning for salad dressing. A little may be combined with mayonnaise for a vegetable dip; or serve over steamed fresh vegetables or new potatoes.

Number of Servings: 48

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user TRAVISTOLER.

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