This is a great way to preserve a lot of fresh basil. Simply add to freezer
bags and place in the freezer until needed. Defrost and add to pasta
sauces (cream or wine), or use as a sauce over fish, or use as a spread for Italian bread. Below are two recipes so choose the one you like!
Basil Pesto Sauce (Recipe 1)
2 medium garlic cloves, or more to taste
4 cups basil leaves
4 tablespoons pine nuts (black walnuts or any other nut may be substituted)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese (romano or any other cheese may be substituted)
Mix all the above ingredients in a blender/food processor to a paste/spread
Consistency. Adjust ingredients to taste and to achieve the desired consistency for how you plan to use the sauce. Use as a sauce for fresh cooked pasta, a
spread for sliced bread, a topping for pizza or any other creative way you can
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
½ cup Walnuts
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup Olive oil
1 ½ cup Basil, fresh, stems removed
Salt to taste
Add the garlic, walnuts, cheese, and olive oil to a food processor bowl.
Pulse until a course paste begins to form. Add the basil and pulse until
blended. Check the seasonings.