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Hydroponic Produce from Philippines

Pesto Sauce

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homemade-pesto

Hello and Welcome to our recipes blog where we share with you some ideas on how to make use of our hydroponically grown vegetables and herbs to create main dishes or complement your meals!

For our first recipe, we have selected a really simple one, where basil is our main ingredient; we are making Pesto Sauce. This sauce is one of the basics and is used in many ways: as an appetizer with bread, pita or crackers; as a dressing for pasta, pizza or spread for sandwiches, among others.

This recipe admits some changes depending on your budget or taste. For instance, some recipes call for pine nuts, but no worries, these can be substituted with walnuts. Some people dislike pesto sauce because they claim it is too oily. Well, even though it is part of the recipe, we are not keen on using large quantities of oil; therefore we have reduced it.

Ingredients

2 cups of fresh basil

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup (40g) pine nuts (or walnuts)

1/2 cup (125ml / 4 fl oz) olive oil

1/2 cup (50g) Parmesan cheese

salt to taste

Directions

If using pine nuts, place them on a frying pan over low heat until toasted (golden color), shaking occasionally. Transfer to food processor, add the basil and garlic and pulse until coarsely chopped. Drizzle the olive oil, add the cheese and pulse until well combined.

Source: slightly adapted from Food Network.

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