Last week when I received my bi-weekly farm share I was thrilled to see a big bag of basil. Now, I grow my own basil but for whatever reason, no matter what variety I buy, I don't get those big luxurious pesto making leaves. I get a lot of small leaves, tons in fact, but not those big succulent leaves that I really equate with pesto. So when I saw that bag pesto was the only thing I had in my mind for it.
First step, wash it.
Isn't it gorgeous? It's washed, spun and then stems removed and then it doesn't really look like as much as I thought it was going to be. So I went out and picked some of mine to add to it, and also in this weeks basket I also got some sage so I put that in. Hey why not huh?
So into the food processor it goes. And to it I added four big cloves of garlic (also in the basket). I didn't have any pine nuts so I added almonds, which I did have (about a handful)
Now, what do with this pesto now that it's made? Of course you can also make pasta.
But I have also used it on grilled chicken...
And I even put some in the calzone I made (broccoli rabe, sausage, leeks and provolone with a little pesto mixed it)