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Melinda's Garden Moments
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 18:44

Delicious Discoveries: perfect pesto!

Today I’m taking you in the Kitchen for an easy recipe for perfect pesto! Pesto is such a classic Italian sauce and is super versatile. Its uses are endless really. You can use it not only as a delicious and simple sauce for pasta, but try it in stews, or as a marinade for seafood and meat, or even rub it over vegetables before you roast them in the oven. It is delicious and so easy to make. I try to keep a container of pesto in my freezer at all times because with it on hand I always have the makings for a great meal in no time.  


This recipe is from my cooking app “Cook Italian with Daniella Malfitano”. You can download my app today on iTunes at the app store. And if you like this recipe you will find over a hundred more delicious recipes when you download the app on your iPad. The app has many great features and functions including hundreds of beautiful color photographs, and step by step videos all narrated by me in a special techniques section. With this app you also have the ability to add recipes to a favorites list to create menus, e-mail recipes, and even create shopping list and menus with dinner invitations. Download my app today and try this delicious and easy recipe for classic pesto as well as all of the other recipes with this fun new kitchen companion “Cook Italian with Daniella Malfitano”



Basil Pesto


3 cups fresh basil, leaves only

½ cup pine nuts, toasted

1 cup extra virgin

4 garlic cloves, minced

¾ cup Parmesan cheese, plus extra kosher salt, to taste



Place the chopped basil leaves and toasted pine nuts into a food processor. Add about one third of the olive oil and puree until smooth. Pulse in remaining olive oil, minced garlic, freshly grated Parmesan and season to taste with salt.

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