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Emilia Terragni's Basil Pesto
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Makes: 4 servings

A classic pesto recipe is invaluable for a quick weeknight pasta dinner or for adding flavor to eggs, sandwiches, or soups.

Game plan: For variety, use parsley or arugula in your pesto, instead of basil. The pesto can be tightly covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for several days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

Click here to watch Emilia Terragni, editor of The Silver Spoon cookbook, make this easy basil pesto in her video for CHOW’s My Go-To Dish series.


Place the basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic (if using), and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. Process for about 5 or 6 (1-second) pulses. Add the grated cheeses and process for another 5 or 6 (1-second) pulses. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow, steady stream and process until the mixture’s smooth. Taste the pesto and season with salt and pepper.
  • Emilia Terragni's Basil Pesto
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