We have, out in our garden, what I described to my lovely spouse as an insane amount of basil. It has been, I admit, far too long since I have made pesto. I haven’t gotten around to it once school started and work kicked in and things just got busy. But now it is starting to go to flower, and we need a pesto fix, and we have an insane amount of basil in our garden. So this afternoon I picked and picked and made four double batches.
The first batch I popped into a glass vessel and saved for immediate consumption, meaning dinner tonight.
Batch number two I put into a freezer container–two cups–and stashed in the freezer for this winter.
I combined batches three and four into one 4-cup container and added it to the getting-full-with-summer-produce freezer as well.
So we will be good with pesto for a while, especially since, even though I picked 16 cups of basil leaves and made a half gallon of pesto, we still have an insane amount of basil in our garden. I will be able to make maybe two more gallons. That is just nuts. I know we can use basil for other things, but, um, why?
Here is my recipe:
Combine 4 cups basil leaves (washed and spun dry), 1/2 cup nuts (walnuts or cashews or pine nuts if you can find some) and two to four large garlic cloves in small pieces in a food processor; mix until well blended.
Add 1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon salt and process to blend.
With the food processor running, add 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (the good stuff–none of that light crap) until completely blended and smooth.
Makes two cups. This freezes well in a tight container.
Bon appetit and all that.