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Pesto in a Snap! (…or about ten minutes) Created by: Meridith Hayden, for L595 – High Tech Learning So, what exactly is pesto? Pesto is a paste that is (generally) made of basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese

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pesto in a snap or about ten minutes

Pesto in a Snap!(…or about ten minutes)

Created by: Meridith Hayden, for L595 – High Tech Learning

so what exactly is pesto
So, what exactly is pesto?
  • Pesto is a paste that is (generally) made of basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese
  • The term pesto comes from the Italian word pestare which means “to pound.” (Source: Merriam-Webster Online)
    • Traditionally, the ingredients were ground with a mortar and pestle
let s get started
Let’s get started
  • First, you want to start with fresh basil. Late summer is the perfect time to pick up locally grown varieties. Wash thoroughly.
  • You can use a mortar and pestle, but a food processor works just as well.
  • You will also need a spatula, spoon, and an ice cube tray.
meridith s recipe
Meridith’s Recipe
  • I never measure, but if I were to make an estimate, I would say I use…
    • 1 or 2 bunches of fresh basil
    • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic
    • 1 or 2 tbsp. pine nuts
    • ½ c. parmesan cheese
    • Pepper
    • And, of course…
olive oil
Olive Oil!
  • I use extra virgin. You can omit the pine nuts (or use another type of nut) but DO NOT skimp on the olive oil -- that’s a must
  • Add all ingredients into food processor. Lightly drizzle olive oil until you get a slightly thick paste
almost done
Almost done…!
  • Once the pesto is nicely blended, use your spatula & spoon to evenly distribute the mixture into the ice cube tray
  • Stick the ice cube tray in a cleared-out area of your freezer
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Done!
  • Allow pesto to freeze. Once frozen, pop the cubes out and place them into freezer bags. Home-made pesto can keep for close to a year. Make sure you write the date on the bag.
  • Pesto is great on pasta, breads, salads and makes a nice marinade for poultry.
resources
For basil and other seasonal produce, I participate in Center Valley Organic Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Farm info: http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M116

CSA info: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

Hundreds of recipes featuring pesto can be found on the Food Network’s website

http://www.foodtv.com/

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