Pesto can be used in many different ways. Whether you use it in a pasta salad, as a spread on bread, or mixed into a dish for flavor, pesto can enhance many dishes. Next time you need pesto, try making it at home. This page contains homemade pesto recipes.
Solutions: Homemade Pesto Recipes
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Put the basil, garlic, pine nuts and salt in a food processor and process until smooth. Gradually add olive to the mixture. Put the mixture into a bowl and mix in Parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.
Serve with pasta or store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. Freeze for longer storage.
This was taken from vegcooking.com but slightly adapted by me. Also a great gift idea for vegans/vegetarians or people you know who can not eat dairy.
3 garlic gloves, peeled
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts (sunflower seeds can be used too)
3 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup soy Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast (found at health food stores or in health food section at your grocery store)
Place the garlic and pine nuts in a food processor and process until minced. Add the basil, salt, and pepper and process until the mixture is ground into a paste. With the machine running, pour the oil into the feed tube in a slow, steady stream until well blended. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the soy cheese. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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