Roasted Garlic PestoAn Italian Classic
The term “pesto” simply refers to the tradition of using a mortar and pestle to grind the pesto ingredients of basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, Parmesan cheese and olive oil.
You could use a motor and pestle, but we have good luck with our mini food processor – the classic Sunbeam Oskar.
And, this is how we do it at the Byrd House.
Cut the Garlic
To prepare the garlic for roasting,
cut off the top about 1/2 inch from the stem
Roast the Garlic
Drizzle the garlic with EVOO and
roast at 375 degrees until browned
Roast the Pine Nuts
Add 1/4 cup pine nuts to the garlic, and
roast for until brown, about 2 minutes
and be careful not to burn!
Process the Ingredients
Process the basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt and
Parmesan cheese with the EVOO to desired consistency
Let's Make Some Pesto!
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, no stems
- 1 full garlic bulb
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup Parmeson cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil