Introduction: Herb Pesto

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"When life gives you herbs, make pesto."

Pesto sauces do not have to be made solely from basil. You can use almost any herb to make pesto. Pesto comes from the Genoese word pesta, which means to pound or crush.

I recently went on an adventure around my college campus and discovered a whole bunch of herbs that I used to make a pesto.

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Step 1: Herbs

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 A handful each of Basil, Chives, Thyme, and Oregano.

Step 2: Almonds

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1/2 cup of toasted almonds. 

Step 3: Cheddar Cheese

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1/2 cup of cubed sharp cheddar cheese

Step 4: Garlic

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3-4 cloves of fresh garlic

Step 5: Blend

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Blend the herbs, almonds, and cheddar in a food processor with a generous amount of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper. 

Step 6: Tomatoes

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Sauté 2 cups of halved cherry tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper 

Step 7: Pasta

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Add the pesto to pasta with the sautéed tomatoes. 

Step 8: Caprese

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Use it for caprese. 

Step 9: Sandwich

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Or put it on a sandwich. 


jack0105 (author)2013-07-06

This is a really great combination! The cheddar is a great choice. I also made it with pistachio and it was good too. Thanks for the recipe!

scratchfood (author)jack01052013-07-06

Thank you! Pistachio is a great idea, I hadn't thought of that before!

wazzup105 (author)2013-07-01

yeah it IS that easy. I made sage-peanut pesto (with some peccorino) last year to go with chicken. (I used peanuts because that's all I had)

calico cat (author)2013-07-01

Thank you for posting this delicious recipe, scratchfood. What is your bread of preference for this herb pesto?

scratchfood (author)calico cat2013-07-01

Thank you for asking! I prefer to eat it with a fresh sourdough or regular baguette.

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