Basic Pesto

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1 cup or 8 ice cubes
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3 Cups basil, washed and dried.
1/4 Cup olive oil (might need a bit more or less)
1/8 Cup pine nuts
1 garlic clove, crushed
Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
Salt and pepper
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Helpful Equipment

food processor Small food processor


1) Place all ingredients in food processor and let it spin for a few seconds until all mixed up (when using the mini processor, you may need to do a few batches).

2) Place pesto into ice cube trays (about 2 Tablespoons per cube).

3) Let these freeze solid overnight.

4) Pop the pesto cubes out and store them in a freezer bag. If you have ice cube trays to spare you can keep your pesto in the tray I guess.

5) You can toss them into any warm dish and once they have melted down, you’ll have a very tasty pesto dinner!

Cube up some chicken, brown it in a few tablespoons of olive oil, and then toss in a few cubes of pesto!
Make some pasta and once the chicken is completely cooked through and the pesto melted down and hot, add the pasta to the dish for a super-fast but very flavorful pesto chicken dinner.