Green on My Mind--Today it's Pesto!

Basil--How Did I Ever Live Without It?

Written by Gayle

I love panini sandwiches.  But I don't have them very often because I don't have a panini pan (and I don't really want more appliances in my kitchen, if you know what I mean!)  But I will get creative in my methods and make an exception for the classic caprese panini sandwich.

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I'm crazy about pesto--and I make it every month or so.  I toss it with hot pasta, I use it on sandwiches, I use it as a base (instead of tomato sauce) for pizza, and of course, once in a while, I make these amazing sandwiches.  So here's my recipe for Basil Pesto--use it in your favorite ways!

Basil Pesto

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You'll Need:

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Instructions:

  • In a food processor or a blender, blend the basil, garlic, and pine nuts until well incorporated.  It will not be smooth.
  • With the blades running, carefully pour the olive oil into the mixture and mix for about a minute
  • Add the parmesan cheese and blend
  • Taste, and then add salt if desired.
  • This recipe makes enough pesto for about 1 lb pasta, 4-6 sandwiches, or 1 medium-sized pizza.
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To Make a Caprese Sandwich You'll Need:

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Instructions:

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I love to serve these with a simple spinach or arugula salad or some fruit.  They are great for Spring or Summer dinners when you just don't want to heat up the kitchen!

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Enjoy this gorgeous Spring day with this tasty bit of green!

Love,

Lassen's