Basil. Garlic. Olive oil. Pine nuts. Parmesan. These are the makings of a fabulous, wonderful, delicious pesto — and believe me, I adore pesto. It’s fabulous on so many things: pasta, sandwiches, baked potatoes, whatever.
When it comes to making pesto, I have always been a food processor girl. Seriously. Every pesto I have ever made has either whirled around in my Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus or in my full-sized food processor.
But recently, when I was working on an article for FabulousFoods.com, I tried something new: making pesto the old-fashioned way with a mortar and pestle. Let me tell you: I may never make it in the food processor again. Seriously. It was fabulous. The flavor was as bright and brilliant — and as good as the fabulous pesto that I buy nearly every week in the summer at our local organic farmers’ market.
The process of making the pesto turned out to be so much simpler than I imagined it would be. Pounding the basil leaves really does bring out flavor and rip them into tiny pieces — no knife required. Toss in the other ingredients, pound and mix and before you know it, you have a fabulous, fresh, homemade pesto. You really need to try it. For my recipe, check out my Pesto 101 article on FabulousFoods.com.
And, if you are looking for something delish to make with pesto, check out my Chicken Pesto Wraps recipe on AmazingMoms.
Now, an exciting thing …
My recipe for Garlic Scape Carbonara was featured in Saveur’s email newsletter and on their website today. Welcome to new readers who found my site through Saveur!
Be sure to check out some of my other delicious recipes like Parmesan Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries, Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Vinaigrette, Salmon Cakes and Sundried Tomato and Red Pepper Meatballs.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.