Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

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Classic Basil Pesto

3/4 cup (1 lb pasta)

servings

20 mins

total time

Ingredients

3 garlic cloves, unpeeled

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons fresh parsley (optional)

12 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup pine nuts, walnuts, or almonds, toasted

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Toast garlic in 8-inch skillet over medium heat, shaking pan occasionally, until fragrant and spotty brown, about 7 minutes; let cool slightly, then peel and chop. Meanwhile, place basil and parsley, if using, in large zipper-lock bag and pound lightly with meat pounder or rolling pin until leaves are bruised.

2. Process bruised herbs, toasted garlic, oil, pine nuts, Parmesan, and ½ teaspoon salt in food processor until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed. Transfer to bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. (Before tossing pesto with pasta, stir several tablespoons of reserved pasta cooking water into pesto to loosen its consistency.)

3/4 cup (1 lb pasta)

servings

20 mins

total time
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