Today is going to be a pesto day again. The basil is going crazy. I also have lovely garlic that I harvested. When I last spoke with all y’all, I promised to share my basic pesto recipe with you.
Every batch is different. It depends on what I have on hand. The basic recipe is:
- 1 cup Basil
- 1/4 cup Nuts (walnuts, pecans, pine nuts)
- 1/3 cup Olive Oil
- 2 cloves Garlic
Throw it all in the food processor and puree until smooth. My food processor holds three batches. You can make Pesto with other herbs also. Simply replace the basil with cilantro, parsley or mint. The Parsley version is really good with a nice steak.
I preserve my pesto by freezing it. Heating up basil can give it a bitter taste, so I don’t can pesto. My favorite way to freeze pesto is in an ice cube tray, Here it is ready to go into the freezer.
Once the pesto is frozen, I remove it from the ice cube tray and pack it into a freezer bag labeled with item and date.
I find that each cube is the perfect size for an individual serving. This makes a very convenient and tasty lunch.
My 4 or 5 loyal readers are aware that I eat Paleo/Primal and cannot tolerate gluten. I also try to stay low-carb, so gluten-free pastas are not for me. I have however found the perfect conveyance for pasta sauces: Zucchini Noodles. I use this tool to make them: Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable
Here’s how it looks in action:
For a quick lunch, I make one zucchini into noodles and place in a Pyrex container. I top the “noodles” with some protein (usually 1/2 of a spicy, pork sausage from one of the local producers), one cube of pesto, and whatever other veggies I might have around. Sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan Cheese if you can tolerate dairy.
At lunch time I microwave briefly and mix. Yummy!
This is a great way to utilize zucchini during those times of plenty that every gardener experiences.
The beauty of pesto is it really extends your basil. I really like that spiral cutter thingie… looks like I need a new kitchen toy 🙂
The spiral cutter is the best kitchen gizmo I have purchased in several years. It works great. I use it all the time. It’s easy to clean. What more could a person want? 🙂
I’m a big fan of spaghetti squash, too. No idea where that is on the carb scale, but it’s tasty.
I am thinking of freezing straight up basil in water this way. Think that will work? We have a ton of basil, too (and three varieties), but every time I make pesto, I remember that I just don’t really like it.
Freezing chopped basil in ice cube trays with a touch of water also works. I do a bit of that too. I also do Cilantro this way. The cilantro from last year came in handy when I made Tequila Lime Shrimp last week. I’m between plants right now, with the older ones gone to seed, and the new ones not big enough yet.