Monday, August 25, 2014

Purple Basil Pesto

I believe that you can never go wrong with pesto. This wonderful condiment requires only few ingredients and is very easy to make. It can be used as a classic pasta sauce but also mixed into salad dressings, dips, spreads and sauces.

Purple Basil, Brazil Nuts and Garlic

To make pesto you can use variety of herbs and nuts. They will form the basic taste note. Olive oil, garlic, salt, and lemon juice should complement the used herbs, but should not overwhelm them. You really want to taste the main herb.

In this recipe I used a wonderful purple basil. I added a little green basil because I realize that my purple basil plant was a bit too small to yield enough pesto for two. 

  • 2 cups purple basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup  green basil leaves, packed (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil (add more if needed)
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp freshly pressed lemon juice
  • Celtic sea salt to taste 

Purple Basil Pesto

  • Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend into a slightly coarse pesto.
  • Adjust the taste. Add more salt or lemon juice if you prefer.
  • Serve with raw and cooked pasta. Enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Purple basil

Dominique Allmon©2014


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