First up, my first crack at homemade pesto. I love pesto. That's why I stink of garlic, apparently. My modest little basil plant doesn't really produce enough big leaves at any one time to make a decent amount of pesto - but that didn't stop me from trying.
It's so satisfying to rip off fresh leaves of your own basil & have your hands smelling like Italy already. You don't even really need to add garlic, nuts & cheese. But you should.
I smashed garlic with sea salt, handfuls of fresh basil, added toasted pine nuts & sprinkled in parmesan cheese. All in our new favorite modern kitchen gadget. It certainly reduces, um, a lot.
Look at that color green! It's like backyard in a bowl.
I definitely didn't get the ratio right. I read a recipe to get an idea but it was for 5 cups' worth & clearly my math skills are a little rusty. I divided all the other ingredients, but somehow doubled the garlic. (somehow?!) Good thing my other half loves garlic as much as I do. We still chewed some parsley for dessert in a vain attempt to stop stinkin'.
So it only made about 2 tablespoons but it was damn good. It'll be even better next time.