“Secret Ingredient” Frugal Pesto

“secret Ingredient” Frugal Pesto Recipe

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Lynn Clay

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@LavenderLynn

This recipe is from An Oregon Cottage. Found while looking for a recipes for Culinary Quest 2014. It has a secret ingredient that makes it cheaper to make.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
1 1/4 Cups
Prep:
20 Min
Method:
No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

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5-6 clove
garlic, peeled
1/4 c
sunflower seeds
1/2 c
grated parmesan cheese
2 1/2 c
lightly packed basil leaves, washed and dried
1 Tbsp
lemon juice (optional, but seems to keep pesto a brighter green after opening)
3/4 c
olive oil (plus more if freezing)
1 tsp
salt (or to taste)

How to Make “Secret Ingredient” Frugal Pesto

Step-by-Step

  • 1Pulse garlic in a food processor until minced. Add seeds and cheese, pulse a few times to chop, and then add the basil and continue to process until all is finely chopped. Add lemon juice, if using.
  • 2With the machine running, add the oil in a fine stream. Process until pesto is smooth. Add salt to taste (less will be needed if using salted sunflower seeds).
  • 3To store in the freezer, pour about 1/2 cup into containers, add a shallow layer of olive oil to the tops, label with date and freeze. Keeps for about a year, if it lasts that long.

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About “Secret Ingredient” Frugal Pesto

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Italian




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