Califonia Bountiful
Side Dish

Faithful basil pesto

A go-to staple that's easy to make, pesto adds a burst of flavor to pasta, pizza, sandwiches and more. You can freeze this classic recipe to use as needed.

Executive Chef Jon T. Severson
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara

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4 cups fresh basil, stems removedĀ 
1/2 cup toasted pine nutsĀ 
1/4 cup whole, peeled garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
1 cup grated Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese


Pulse basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor until mixture is slightly coarse. With machine on, add olive oil in a slow, steady stream until incorporated. Fold in cheese and pulse until smooth, being careful not to overblend.

Makes 3 cups

Photo courtesy of San Francisco 49ers

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