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Basil and Parsley Pesto

25 Aug

In all fairness, pesto doesn’t really require a recipe.  Combine some greens, cheese, and nuts in your food process and combine.  Simple enough, right?  That said, certain pestos are more successful than others, and this was a successful pesto.  Instead of expensive pine nuts, I substituted some inexpensive but delicious Spanish peanuts.  A combination of basil and parsley made for something a little more interested and versatile than simple basil pesto.  So far this week, we’ve eaten this on some sautéed gnocchi and tomatoes (pictured) for a delicious dinner and as a spread on a dressed-up grilled cheese.  It has a burst of fresh flavor from the basil and flat leaf parsley with the hint of salty, cheese-y nutty goodness that makes pesto shine thanks to the peanuts and cheese.

Basil and Parsley Pesto

Yield: About 2 cups pesto

4 cups fresh basil, loosely packed

1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, loosely packed

1/4 cup Spanish peanuts

1/4 cup Romano cheese, freshly grated

1/4-1/2 cup olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Place peanuts in a food processor.  Run for about 20 seconds until very finely chopped.  Add cheese and pulse a few times to combine.  Add basil and parsley and pulse 10-15 times until finely chopped and well combined with nuts and cheese.  With processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until a paste forms.  Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.

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