Organic Classic Pesto

Our Organic Classic Pesto recipe is bursting with flavor! Don’t be without this staple in your kitchen!

 

Classic Pesto
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Recipe type: Sauce
 
Driftless Organics ingredients make the best pesto!
This classic recipe can be altered to match your ingredients - simply use the same proportions and substitute other fresh herbs or mixtures of herbs (cilantro, rosemary, parsley, oregano, etc.) any dry aged cheese (asiago, romano, etc.), & any nut or seed (slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.). I also sometimes add a splash of lemon juice to liven it up. This recipe was created by Dani Lind of Rooted Spoon Culinary
Ingredients
  • 6 c. loosely packed fresh basil or red opal basil (I include small stems)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. Parmesan, grated
  • 1 c. pine nuts or walnuts
  • ⅔ c. Drifttless Sunflower oil
Instructions
  1. In a large food processo, pulse basil, garlic, salt, pepper, & nuts until coarsely ground.
  2. Add Parmesan & pulse a few more times.
  3. With processor running pour in oil in a thin stream until it looks like pesto!
  4. Store in air-tight container (press plastic wrap onto the surface of or pour a layer of oil over the pesto to prevent discoloration).
  5. Keep in refrigerator for about a week or freeze
  6. Most recipes say to leave the cheese out if you’re freezing it but I’ve never had a problem.

 

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