Summer Recipes: Fresh Pesto Italian Grandmother Style

Ok here is one my favorite healthy dishes.   I found the receipe online ways back and it has been a top ten family reciepe since.   Its an authentic italian recipe and really has that flavor the old country.

1 large bunch of fresh basil leaves washed
3-4 cloves of garlic medium
Handful of raw pine nuts
3/4 cup of parmesan cheese loose and clumpy
3 tbl spoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 tbl spoons of water

Put everything in the blender except the water and oil.    We have a Vitamix so I selected a very low spin setting, if you do not have a low setting blender you can use a large mezzaluna or even a good chefs knife.   ( if you use the hand chop method , chop it all up until very fine and then add the oil and water to create a good consistancy. )   If you go for the blender method do not over blend and add the 2 tbl spoons oil and water until the consistancy is clumpy.    Add the last tbl spoon of oil once you are finished blending.

Enjoy this one and be sure to let me know how it was.

Alysia Anderson Acupuncturist at An Sen Acupuncture and Massage in Portland Oregon
I do not add salt as the cheese has enough and good salt can always be added later.     I serve this with gluten free Quinoa  spiral pasta.   Any pasta is good with this dish.

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