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"Cooking Dinner: Simple Italian Family Recipes Everyone Can Make"
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3  cups fresh basil, about 2 to 3 ounces, leaves only

1/4 teaspoon sea salt 

1 garlic clove, peeled

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese                       

1 ounce pine nuts, about 2 tablespoons

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Remove basil leaves from stems, rinse and dry completely.

Place basil, salt, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts and 1/2 cup olive oil in a blender. Blend for a few seconds. Remove lid and push down basil leaves with a wooden spoon or rubber scraper.

Slowly add the remaining olive oil, while the blender is running on low speed, blending until the pesto is completely smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt.

Use immediately or store in the refrigerator, covered with extra virgin olive oil, or in small portions in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Recipe Courtesy Claudia Pruett

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