Gma Joan’s Pesto magic

One of the most productive plants in our garden is the basil. It is really great to see it grow big and fast and to be able to pick a leaf when I go to check the plants and smell the amazing aroma of this fresh Italian basil. I like to chop a leaf and add it to my tomato salad. The “problem” is that basil grows much faster than I can eat it. So the solution to this “problem” was to make pesto. Pesto is a fantastic way to dress your pasta or to add to a sandwich for a nice kick of flavor, and, as we discovered, it is really easy to make and store! Una de las plantas mas productivas de nuestro jardin es la albahaca. Es genial poder verla crecer grande y rapido y tambien poder cortar una hojita cuando voy a revisar la huerta, y poder disfrutar del aroma de la albahaca italiana. Me encanta cortar unas hojitas bien finas y agregarlas a mi ensalada de tomate. El “problema” que tenemos es que la albahaca crece mas rapido de lo que consumimos. Asi que la solucion al “problema” fue hacer pesto. Pesto es una manera fantastica de aderesar la pasta o agregar a un sandwich para darle un toque de sabor, y, como descubrimos, es muy facil de preparar y guardar!
The basil plant was starting to flower, so it was time to give it a hair cut and do something with the bounty. Fortunately for us, Leslie’s grandma Joan took the initiative and made the pesto. She looked for a recipe in her favorite cookbook and got to work! La albahaca estaba comenzando a florecer, asi que era hora de “cortarle el pelo” y hacer algo con el premio. Por suerte para nosotros, la abuela de Leslie, Joan, tomo la iniciativa y preparo el pesto. Busco una receta en su libro favorito y se puso a trabajar!

She used: 2 cups of packed down Basil, ¼ cup of olive oil, ½ cup of parmesan cheese, 4 cloves of garlic and some salt and pepper. Now get ready for the difficult part: place all the ingredients in a food processor (or blender) at the same time…and run it until it has turned into a paste…and done! Ella uso: 2 tazas de albahaca compactada, ¼ taza de aceite de oliva, ½ taza de queso parmesano, 4 dientes de ajo, y sal y pimienta a gusto. Ahora preparense para la parte dificil: se ponen todos los ingredientes en un procesador de comida (o batidora) al mismo tiempo…y se muele todo hasta que se convierte en una pasta…y listo!

It came out to about a cup of pesto. That is plenty for at least a couple of meals. It has to be kept refrigerated or you can freeze it for longer storage. We froze half cup and ate the other half with our pasta. Salio mas o menos una taza de pesto. Eso es suficiente para un par de comidas. Tiene que mantenerse refrigerado o congelado para que dure aun mas tiempo. Nosotros congelamos media taza y nos comimos la otra media taza con nuestra pasta.

The flavor is fantastic and the fact that we grew the basil in our backyard makes it taste even better. We love eating our garden harvest. Thank you so much Joan for making delicious pesto!! El sabor es fantastico y el hecho que la albahaca crecio en nuestro patio, hace que todo tenga un mejor sabor. Nos encanta comer los frutos de nuestra huerta. Gracias Joan por hacer este delicioso pesto!!!

4 responses to “Gma Joan’s Pesto magic”

  1. so jealous that you can grow basil in your garden. I am lucky if it will live in a potted plant and I baby it close to the house. Nice recipe.

    • What is the problem with the basil?? We have been really lucky I guess to have a plant that grows like crazy.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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