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Pesto – Pistachio and Basil

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Pesto – Pistachio and Basil
by James Belardo

While pignoli (pine nuts) are the classic nut to use in pesto, another ‘native’ nut  has become increasingly popular, the pistachio. Typical nuts that can be found there are pine nuts, pistachio, almonds, walnuts and hazel nuts. Pesto can be made with all these nuts, of course but different nuts shine for different purposes.

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Ingredients
1-2 cloves garlic
3-4 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
1/2 cup (2-3 oz) grated Pecorino Romano and/or Parmesan cheese.
Lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
3/4 cup olive oil
Salt and Pepper – to taste

Directions
Food Processor Method

1. Put the garlic, basil, parsley, pistachio, lemon juice, salt and pepper into the food processor.
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2. While mixing add the cheeses and continue to combine together until a nice consistency is achieved.
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3. Add the olive oil slowly, blending it into the pesto evenly.
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Mortar Method
1. Put the garlic, basil, parsley, pine nuts, and salt into the mortar. Using the pestle, grind into a paste.

2. When the consistency of the paste is fairly even, add the cheeses and continue to grind them together.

3. Add the olive oil slowly, blending it into the pesto evenly.

Mixing with pasta…
1. Add one ladle of pasta water when mixing with the pasta, .

Enjoy!

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Written by Zio James

August 27, 2018 at 11:58 AM

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