Yet, I know Italians who are one generation from the old country that have never heard of the stuff. Apparently it’s a northern innovation from the area of Genoa, and southern Italians are unfamiliar with it.
It’s wonderfully easy to make, with a food processor. And it makes growing basil a pure delight, for this stuff freezes perfectly. Some put it in ice-cube trays, others, like myself, just scoop a tablespoon onto a piece of Saran wrap, and place a bunch of these in a plastic bag and toss in the freezer for when I want to some.
So make this a definite part of your repertoire and a great dinner is just the boiling of some pasta away. You will find lots of uses for it. I promise.
- 1 bunch of basil (about 2 cups of leaves)
- 2 lg cloves of garlic, sliced
- 1/4 cup of pine nuts. You can substitute lots of seeds like sunflower and pumpkin which are cheaper if you wish.
- olive oil ( 1/4 c or more, until you get the right consistency–not a full puree, but nicely minced, fairly tight.
- Place the basil leaves in a food processor.
- Add the garlic and pine nuts.
- Turn on the machine and whirr while drizzling the olive oil down the feed tube until as I said, it’s wet but not runny.
Serves: makes about 1 cup
NOTES: This is great as a spread on an antipasta sandwich for instance. Or just take a couple of tablespoons and mix with freshly cooked hot pasta. Great as a substitute for sauce on pizza for a change of pace.
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