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Basil Pesto

This freezable basil pesto can be a lifesaver to have on hand for impromptu guests. Because the cheese is omitted, the pesto will be a bit runny; it will thicken once you thaw and process with cheese.


  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • cups basil leaves
  • 1 cup Romano cheese
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup olive oil


  • In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, place pine nuts, garlic, basil, Romano, salt and pepper. Slowly feed olive oil through feed tube of processor and process until pureed.