Basil Pine Nut Pesto

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BASIL PINE NUT PESTO RECIPE
We love this simple but classic basil pine nut pesto recipe easy made in your Blendtec or Vitamix blender, no need to break out and clean your food processor (or buy one!).  Toast the pine nuts for added flavor, and make sure not to over blend so watch your timing. You can use a good pesto sauce for any type of pasta, or as a spread for sandwiches. It’s so good we mop up every last drop with a rustic or crusty bread! Be sure to join our community for more healthy blender recipes.

Basil Pine Nut Pesto
 
A simple dish to make that makes a great addition to your evening meal. Basil pinenut pesto sauce can be used for many different things in the kitchen.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon Celtic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to your jar in the order listed.
  2. For Blendtec: Use your manuel keys and take it to speed 6, let it run between 15 and 30 seconds. Careful not to over blend.
  3. For Vitamix: Start on speed 1, turn the machine on, slowly increase to speed 7 and let it run for 30 to 45 seconds. Press the ingredients into the blade with the tamper.

HEALTH BENEFITS & FUN FACTS
Both basil and pine nuts each offer nutrional benefits, but they’re not the only healthy ingredients in this classic pesto recipe . Olive oil is a large part of the heart healthy mediterranean diet.  Garlic supports the immune system and can help keep cholesterol under controlBasil provides antioxidant protection as well as anti-inflammatory effects. Pine nuts are a high protein nut that are an excellent source of vitamins B1 and B3manganese, copper, magnesium, molybdenum, and  zinc.

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Tarashaun founded Blender Babes in 2011, after discovering Blendtec and Vitamix blenders and realizing their massive potential to help people eat healthier AND heal their chronic illnesses through food. Her desire is to create a MOVEMENT: to encourage and teach people how to make inexpensive, fast and healthy meals and snacks at home, and to test, review and share an abundance of healthy living products and advice. See ALL our videos on YouTube, chat with BB on Twitter, Join the Fun on Facebook, Share Hers and Their Recipes on Pinterest, Go Behind the Scenes on Instagram, and Add me on Google+


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