Monday, March 25, 2013

Recipe: Pistachio-Basil Pesto (via Rachael Ray)

     You can never go wrong with pesto. It goes with just about anything. I've used it with pasta, chicken, fish and beef. It's just incredibly versatile. I found this particular recipe in my good friend Rachael Ray's magazine. I was drawn to it because it used pistachios instead of pine nuts. I don't normally keep pine nuts in the house. I do, however, keep pistachios by the pound. We also had a huge supply of basil from the garden, so we made a lot of this.
     We did find that this is cannable! We doubled the amount of lemon juice when making the recipe for canning. We then loaded it to about 1/4" shy of the top in a half-pint jar. Process in a boiling water canner for about 15 minutes. We haven't gotten sick from it yet, even using pesto that was about a year old! Granted, if you can it and manage to get sick, obviously I never recommended canning in the first place and you probably did something wrong, so I can't be held responsible.

Pistachio-Basil Pesto
(via Rachael Ray)
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios 
  • 2 cups loosely packed basil 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • ¼ cup Parmigiano/Romano cheese 
  1. Pulse garlic in food processor until chopped 
  2. Add pistachios, basil, lemon juice and salt. Pulse until nuts are finely chopped 
  3. Add olive oil gradually through food chute and process until well combined 
  4. Add cheese and pulse 2 or 3 times 

Makes about 1 cup.
Per tablespoon: 70 calories, 7g fat

Good times!

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