Handmade Basil Pesto for GBP Summer 07

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A recipe that mentions its source as grandmother or mother instantly attracts my attention. I have a sort of blind faith in such recipes. When Heidi of 101 cookbooks blogged this pesto recipe from her friend’s mother, it was instantly bookmarked.

Our basil herbs were fresh with new young sprouts after a recent harvest and it would be perfect with the grilled lamb chops that were making for dinner. And better yet, no food processor to clean.

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Original recipe here

Young basil leaves – 1 cup packed.

Garlic- 2 cloves

Pine nuts – 2 tbsp

Parmesan cheese freshly grated- 1/4 cup

Good quality extra virgin olive oil- 2 tbsp

For mincing, you will need a sharp mezzaluna, but I replaced it with a crinkle cutter.

There is only one step. Mince till you get a fine mince of the ingredients. Heidi recommends starting with the garlic and 1/3 rd basil. Keep adding the ingredients in parts till everything is minced. Start with garlic, then basil, followed by pine nuts and cheese.

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Once mincing is done, transfer the pesto into a bowl and add the olive oil.

At this point I kept it in the refrigerator. At dinner time, mixed it with some cold angel hair for a cold pasta side dish. It was delicious. Thanks Heidi for sharing this wonderful recipe. It was really relaxing mincing and mixing with hand and using the crinkle cutter.

As Heidi said, there is no salt and pepper in the pesto. So salt your pasta water generously.

This is my entry for Summer Green Blog Project being hosted by Deepz of Letz Cook.

GBP was originally born in the ever scheming head of dear Inji. Ever since many bloggers have discovered their green thumbs and have grown wonderful things. Join the fun!

40 responses »

  1. Ohhhh wow. That looks so delicious. I love Heidi’s blog (as well as her Super Natural Cooking cookbook).
    I so need to get around to planting that kitchen herb garden under the bay window. We had one in our last house, but we moved. :(


    Hi Heather, welcome! It’s hard to get things done, I know. But sooner or later you will get to it.

  2. I read that post. I wanted to try it myself.. Thanks for motivating me further :)

    It was really really good. You will love it. I want to try the gnocchi recipe too but looks bit intimidating.

  3. I can’t believe how green those Basils are!!! Just plain gorgeous.I love Pesto sauce with lots of Pine nuts.Makes a delicious Pasta dish indeed:)
    I still have to wait until next month to get a regular supply of veggies,will see.

    I like pesto better than tomato sauces. You have a good variety in your veggie garden.

  4. I was captivated by the very same recipe on Heidi’s blog! Your pictures look awesome, as always!
    (On another note, I’m glad you tried your hand at jam-making again with gulkhand……see? it’s not very difficult as I mentioned in my pear jam post to you) :)

    I know, you are the jam expert and I will believe anything you say about jam making :)

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