Flavor Punch Two-Step Pesto

on December 22, 2020
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This Two-Step Pesto packs such a powerful punch of flavor and freshness. It doesn’t have many ingredients, but it goes a long way on pizza, pasta, on fish, or as a dip for bread. All you need is a food processor, 5 fresh ingredients, and ten minutes and you’re off and running!
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Sometimes your food needs a flavor punch. And what better way to get one than fresh, easy, herbaceous pesto? This Two-Step Pesto will enrich any dish every time.

It’s the quickest and easiest way to turn boring into bold when it comes to food. It’s fragrant, delicious, and the prettiest green.

I could literally sit here all day drooling thinking about ways to describe how awesome this stuff is to you, but it may just be more effective to show you…

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I mean, don’t you just want to dive in? If you need me, I’ll be doing backstroke in a pool of pesto…

In the past, I was sadly infamous for killing houseplants and having absolutely no gardening skills.

First, it was buying a house, then planning a wedding, then a promotion, then a baby… I’ve literally used every excuse in the book for not having time to water my plants. In my defense, I’ve been working 40+ retail hours a week for what seems like forever.

But now I’m done with excuses. It is a priority of mine to live more sustainably and that means growing what I can at home. I took the plunge and planted basil and arugula and I’m pleased (and honestly shocked) to report that months later…. THEY ARE STILL ALIVE!!

Green tip: Growing your own herbs is a delicious way to reduce your environmental footprint. Homegrown herbs have zero associated food miles, no pesky plastic packaging, and are free of damaging fertilizers and chemicals. Plus, they are just so fresh and flavorful.

Basil grows best if you continue to harvest it, So that means TONS of pesto in our house.

Pesto on pasta, pesto on flatbread, pesto to dip bread into, pesto as a fish marinade. It’s fresh, it’s delicious, and it’s extremely quick and easy; it’s Two-Step Pesto!

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Two-Step Pesto Main Ingredients



The centerpiece of any good pesto is basil. It gives it that fresh, aromatic flavor and pairs perfectly with the subtle sweetness of the garlic. It’s also packed with antioxidants and Vitamin K.

Arugula has an awesome peppery taste which really amps up the flavor in your pesto. It’s also great for your heart and for your bones.

Fresh herbs always benefit from some citrus fruits like lemon. It plays into the brightness and herbal notes. The juice of just 1 lemon provides half of your suggested daily intake of Vitamin C.

Not all pesto recipes include nuts, but in my opinion, pine nuts are an absolute must.

The freshness of the herbs are screaming for some earthiness- and nuts can achieve that perfect balance for you. Pine nuts are such a delicacy because they somehow have this incredibly buttery taste, giving your pesto a delicious richness.

Garlic is my (not-so!) secret weapon in the kitchen. It baffles me how something so small can contain so much flavor.

Depending on how it’s prepared, it can taste completely different and be used in countless ways. When it’s cooked, it really lends a sweetness, but keeping it raw gives your pesto more of a bitter bite.

This Two-Step Pesto packs such a powerful punch of flavor and freshness. It doesn’t have many ingredients, but it goes a long way on pizza, pasta, fish, or as a dip for bread.

All you need is a food processor, 5 fresh ingredients, and ten minutes and you’re off and running!

Two Step Pesto

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Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: Sauces & DressingsCuisine: Mediterranean
Yield

1

cup
Prep time

10

minutes
Total time

10

minutes

This Two-Step Pesto packs such a powerful punch of flavor and freshness. It doesn’t have many ingredients, but it goes a long way on pizza, pasta, on fish, or as a dip for bread. All you need is a food processor, 5 fresh ingredients, and ten minutes and you’re off and running!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh basil

  • 2 cups fresh arugala

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup Parmesan

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 1 pinch of pepper

Directions

  • Throw all your ingredients into a food processor!Two-Step Pesto - In a Bowl
  • Process on high until everything is finely diced. Voila! You’re done! Serve raw on hot pasta, hot pizza, or add more olive oil until you achieve desired consistency for a dip.

pro tips

  • I love garlic and really like the bite of the raw garlic, which is the way pesto is usually served, but if you want it milder, try roasting your garlic in the oven or even chopping and sauteing it first.

    You can also cook it in a pan with your pasta or in the oven on pizza, but the herbs are also best fresh, so I would recommend against it.
  • If you’re a huge fan of spice, you can double the crushed red pepper in this recipe for more of a kick.

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