The traditional way to make pesto is with a mortar and pestle but here are two tasty recipes (one for basil and the other for rosemary) that you can make with your food processor. I’ve also added a video showing you how to make it with a mortar and pestle along with a few other tips below.
Source: Rosalind Creasy’s Recipes from the Garden
3 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Combine in a blender or food processor garlic, basil leaves, nuts, salt, pepper and half the oil.
- Puree slowly adding the remaining oil.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl and add grated cheese, mix thoroughly.
- Makes approximately 1 1/4 cups.
Source: Preserving Summer’s Bounty By Susan McClure
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup fresh oregano leaves
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 cup chopped scallions
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- With a food processor running, put the garlic, oregano, rosemary, and orange rind through the feed tube. Stop the processor and scrape down the sides of the container.
- Turn the machine on again, add scallions and pepper flakes, then the oil and vinegar. Stop and scrape down the sides of the container.
- Continue processing with on/off turns until the rosemary is well minced and the mixture has formed a paste.
- Yield: 1/2 cup
Here’s a good video showing you how to make the traditional pesto genovese using a mortar and pestle. The video is a little long at just under ten minutes, but there’s a lot of info and tips shared, worthwhile watching.
- With Pasta: Approximately 1 to 2 tablespoons pesto per pasta serving. You may need to add some warm water to make the right consistency (use the water pasta was cooked in).
- Vegetable Soups: Try a teaspoon or two in minestrone, bean or vegetable soups.
- Rice: Stir into cooked rice and serve, or use as a rice stuffing for vegetables.
- Meat & Fish: Use as a condiment on cooked meat and fish, lovely!
- As A Spread: Use on bruschetta, focaccia and breads as a spread.
How To Store
- Cover with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
- As mentioned in 10 Easy Ways To Preserve Herbs , small containers of pesto can be frozen for later use. You can also freeze in ice cube trays, remove cubes once frozen then store in freezer bags.