morning in central Arkansas

My Foodshed Farm boxes just keep coming filled with vegetables and herbs. Some of these I am unaccustomed to using much. Fresh basil is one of those. I received a bunch of basil last week and I have used it several times this week, gave some to my mom, and I still have a lot. I came across a recipe for basil pesto from Natural Things Food Store and I thought I would try it. (She also receives a Foodshed box and shares recipes using items from the box every week.) I have tweaked it some and this is the result. 

Basil Pesto

1 bunch of basil leaves

1/3-1/2 cup olive oil

2 T. walnuts

1/4 c. Parmesan

1 clove fresh garlic

1/2 t. salt

Blend all together until it forms a thick paste. 

I spread it on a slice of homemade sourdough bread, put a slice of a tomato and a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese on top. It was delicious. 

This is the mozzarella I used. I found it in the deli section of my grocery store. 

You can also put pesto on pasta or top your chicken or beef with it. 

I highly recommend Foodshed Farms. They send delicious vegetables and herbs that have been raised by small, local Arkansas farmers without the use of harmful pesticides. They are associated with Heifer, Intl.

I hope you have a great day!