Organic corn free pasta pesto and bread

St. Patrick’s Day part 2 of 3 – Pesto

So, here’s the idea: start with the Avocado Rice for lunch, then, incorporate this into your dinner. I suspect that you will really enjoy this sauce.

You have to know, I have been dreaming of pesto for some time now, and decided to get brave. I searched quite a bit for a pesto recipe that I could modify, but everything was calling for cheese and nuts (as a dairy free option). I didn’t have nuts on hand, and in all honesty, didn’t like the sound of it. Needless to say, I had to make something up, and well, it was really good. This recipe has such a nice, natural creaminess to it, as if there were a nice cheese in there or something. It’s really exciting actually. Here’s what you’ll need:

2 packs of 4oz Organic basil (or just 8 ounces of organic basil)
16 Tablespoons Organic extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 Celtic sea salt
3 teaspoons Organic minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Organic garlic powder
light sprinkle of Organic black pepper (Omit for AIP)

In a blender, add enough of the oil to cover the blades (be sure to keep a running count of how much oil you’re adding). Next, add the basil a bit at time and use a combination of buttons to get the two to combine. I used grate, grind, and liquefy. As you add more basil, add more olive oil, and continue to mix the two together until all of the basil and oil are in the blender. After it’s all blended well, add the seasoning and continue to blend to ensure it gets all over.

That’s it!

Hopefully this will help your St. Patrick’s Day dinner be a smashing hit! I served this with organic gluten free brown rice pasta noodles by Lundberg with mushrooms I sautéed in olive oil for 5 minutes. I also created a savory waffle bread that I posted earlier this week. The bread was so delicious dipped in the pesto.

Organic basil

Here’s half of the basil

Organic olive oil and basil

This is the grinding process

Organic olive oil and basil

Here it is, all blended. At this point, I added the seasonings.

Organic corn free pesto

Here’s a closer look

Organic corn free pesto

I know it looks strange, but it really does taste good.

Organic corn free pesto

I was able to fill an old jelly jar to the very top with what was made.

Organic corn free pasta pesto and bread

Here’s the final product. It was soooo yummy!

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