Growing up in Indianapolis, there was this one particular pizza place I loved to visit and gorge myself on for their pesto. It is so good. Fifteen years later, I still visit every time I go back but it has sort of lost it’s luster for me. The reason, a waitress with a big mouth. A few years ago, I was telling this waitress how much I adore their pesto and she started rambling on about the ingredients which are not exotic but the consistency is perfect. As soon as she walked away, I wrote what she had said down on a napkin and went to work trying to recreate it. After a few tries, I got the ratios right and now can I have my favorite pesto whenever I want instead of waiting until I visit Indiana. While this is my favorite pesto in the whole gigantic (yet quickly shrinking) world, I actually named it Perfect Pesto because it’s a great “annoying people” repellant. 😉 So if you make it for a date night make sure you both eat it.
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup of pine nuts
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1.5 cups of finely grated parmesan cheese (I use a pre-grated parmesan romano blend from Trader Joes’s)
Directions: Put the basil, pine nuts, garlic and half of the oil in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth and scrap mixture into a bowl. Still in the parmesan cheese and add more oil until desired consistency is reached. I like mine thick and chunky.
I use this pesto for pastas, pizzas, stuffed tomatoes, on chicken, and, on french bread (of course). Oddly enough, my favorite time to eat it is at breakfast either plain on eggs or on an egg sandwich. Yum!
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