I’ve never made pesto from scratch, so I suppose this recipe was a long time coming. I saw that the basil plants at TJ were flourishing… So I bought one! The plants are way cheaper than the containers, so whenever I need basil just get the whole plant and pick it myself.
I started with one of my favorite nuts… Which sadly also happens to be one of the pricier nuts. Pine nuts!! I lighted toasted them until they were a just a little golden.
Then started piling things into my party bullet (blender). I started with some crushed garlic.
Then my pretty pine nuts.
Lots and lots of basil.
A little bit of kale and lemon juice.
Olive oil, and a splash of cold water. Then it was fingers crossed, press and twist. Bullets away!
It took a little time, but slowly all these amazing ingredients started to swirl into a beautiful green masterpiece.
I decided give this a taste in one of my favorite dishes – Caprese! Just Heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella and my Closet Pesto!
Here’s my approximate recipe for Classic Closet Pesto…
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1 1/2 cups of basil
1/2 cup kale
3 tbsp parm cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp cold water
So I’m pretty certain that everything I eat this week will have pesto on it… Gonna be a great week. Yum!