Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pesto, Pesto, Do Your Very Besto

Our garden is full of basil and what do you make when you have a lot of basil?  Well, Pesto, of course!  Oh, wait!  Pesto has pine nuts......except when it doesn't!

I did a search and found these two recipes that don't have nuts (we are nut free due to a sweet little grandson with fatal nut allergies) and can be frozen.  What the ????  Best of both worlds.  If you search our blog, you will see that a lot of our recipes call for pesto.  Why?  Lots of flavor, little punch.  These two recipes were so, so easy.  I'm gonna make and freeze and save myself mucho $$$$ for a long time to come!


1 c. sun dried tomatoes
1/2 c. fresh basil
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 c. olive oil

1.  Place sun dried tomatoes in a small pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and let tomatoes soften, about 10 minutes.

2.  Blend tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt in a blender until mixed.  Slowly add olive oil, about 1/4 cup at a time.  Blend until smooth.


Cooks note:  A blender will work, but a food processor would be easier.  Can be mixed with cooked pasta for a quick weeknight meal.


3 c. fresh basil leaves
2 - 3 cloves garlic
About 1/4 c. quality parmesan cheese, grated
Splash of fresh lemon juice
About 1/2 c. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1.  In food processor blender, chop up the garlic until it is minced.
2.  Add in the basil and cheese and start to blend.  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while the machine is running.  Blend until smooth.
3.  Squeeze in a little lemon juice and add salt and pepper to taste.
4.  Taste the sauce and adjust to your liking.
5.  Put in freezer container and freeze, if you wish; or use it right away.

Source: You can find it here.

I found this when I did a search for nut free pesto recipes.

Oh, finally, the title is from an old movie "Houseboat."  Cary Grant & Sophia Loren.  It's a song that gets in your mind and stays there for days.  Except that the song is actually Presto, Presto, Do Your Very Besto.  If you want to blow your mind, check it out here.

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't expecting to see a new post! These two pesto recipes look really yummy. If my basil plant starts over-producing, I'll have to try these out.

    If you don't have time to make pesto though, Classico makes an awesome pesto that is made with soy instead of nuts. It is pretty tasty stuff and it is carried in most grocery stores.

    However, you can't beat homemade pesto for the best bang for your buck! That's for sure.

    Thanks for sharing these recipes.