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  • Writer's pictureElla

Summer Basil Pesto

I love fresh pesto and to me, it represents summertime, when fresh and simple meals taste the best!.

Here is a simple basil pesto recipe, that I throw on everything from pasta to sandwiches and even grilled fish. My son, Max is a huge fan and can put away one pasta bowl after another.


3 cups of fresh basil leaves

1/2- 3/4 cup of Ella's Olive Koroneiki, but at times I use our Basil and the new addition - Pesto EVOO

4 garlic cloves

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup shredded fresh Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup pinenuts

Combine basil, garlic, salt in the food processor and pulse until basil is chopped, add parmesan and pinenuts, and while the processor is running add EVOO. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated into a uniform paste. Add more EVOO if needed

Cook pasta al dente, drain pasta, but reserve 1/3 cup of the pasta cooking liquid. Add pesto to pasta, and some of the reserved liquid to moisten pesto and coat the pasta. Serve with fresh parmesan.

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