Every summer I celebrate my home-grown, gorgeous herbs by making pesto. Pesto comes from the word “pestare” which means “to pound” or “crush.” The traditional ingredients (fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese and sheep cheese called Fiore Sardo) were crushed and ground in a mortar and pestle. The good news is a modern food processor works just as well!
Pesto is really simple to make at home and the fun part is you don’t have to stick to the traditional ingredients. I like making pesto from a variety of leafy greens like spinach or arugula, and whatever herbs I happen to have on hand, such as basil or parsley. Using a wide array of fresh, seasonal greens, herbs, veggies and other items, you can create a masterful, versatile pesto with endless possibilities.
Here are some recipes to get you started:... Read More