Author Notes: How original. A basil competition and I'm submitting a pesto recipe. This is not your typical pesto. I call it Pretty Green Pesto for two reasons. First, the color is stunning. It’s not the typical grainy looking pesto; it’s smooth and beautiful. Secondly, Pretty Green is one of my favorite songs. This pesto is perfect for summer. —MySocialChef
cups Frozen Peas
cup Pine Nuts
cup Olive Oil
teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
bunch or 1 Cup Fresh Basil
pieces Fresh Mint
cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Boil a pot of water and the frozen peas and cook for 3 minutes or until the peas are warmed through. Strain them and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. In a pan, add the pine nuts and cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. You just want to toast them until they turn a light brown. Keep stirring. Once most of them have some color, pour them into a bowl. Don’t leave them in the pan; they will keep cooking and burn. Add the oil first to a blender and add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Make your spaghetti as directed, strain and add about 3/4 a cup of pesto. Do not cook the sauce.
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- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe Using Fresh Basil