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RECIPE: Basil Pesto

July 29, 2015, 2:05 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 11:56 AM
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Summer time, summer time… fresh picked basil, just harvested garlic swirled together with olive oil, macadamia nuts and cheese for a beautiful, fragrant taste of summer!

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

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2 cloves garlic

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1/4 cup macadamia nuts

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese

Directions

  1. Combine the basil, garlic, and nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the rest of the oil and cheese and pulse until smooth.

Note:  This sauce is great as a dip for fresh veggies, spread on crackers or bread, tossed with pasta or use as a sauce on grilled fish.  If you make ahead of time, press a layer of plastic wrap onto the top of the sauce and cover tightly to keep from having the top layer change color.

This post has been a contribution by Kristin Frost Albrecht on behalf of The Food Basket, Hawai’i Island’s Food Bank.

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