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                                SALSA PESTO
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Sauces                           Cheese
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       c            Fresh basil leaves -
                         -loosely packed
      1/4   c            Onions - chopped
    2       tb           Garlic - chopped
      1/2   lb           Butter - softened
    1       c            Olive oil
      1/2   c            Parmesan cheese - grated
      1/4   c            Pine nuts - toasted
    1       t            Salt
      1/4   ts           White pepper
     1.  Pick through basil and remove large stems and
   bad leaves.  Chop
         basil fine in food processor.  Add onions and
   garlic to the processor
         bowl and puree.  Set aside in a large bowl.
     2.  Put one stick of butter into the processor and
   give it a whirl.
         Add half the olive oil, followed by another
   stick of butter, followed
         by the other half of the olive oil, blending
   well as you go until you
         have a thick liquid.
     3.  Pour butter-oil mixture into the bowl with the
   basil puree.  Add
         Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Stir well
   until completely blended.
     NOTE: When making pasta with pesto, put hot cooked
   pasta into a
     skillet over medium heat.  Spoon four tablespoons of
   pesto sauce over
     the pasta and, with a kitchen fork, toss and blend
   with the pasta. The
     sauce will break if you put it into the skillet
   first - always stif
     the sauce into the pasta rather than vice-versa.
     Makes 3 cups - enough for 12 servings.
     Chef Andrea Apuzzo says, "Pesto sauce - green and
   aromatic - is a
     rich, herbal concoction which has seemingly endless
   uses.  Once you
     make it, you will find yourself putting it not only
   in pasta (the
     classic pesto employment), but also in soups, on top
   of chicken, with
     fish, and lots of other things.  We make a pesto
   butter sauce - not
     really traditional, but most delicious.
     His book, La Cucina di Andrea’s, is available at his
   fine restaurant
     in Metairie, Louisiana.  I've had one of the finest
   meals I've ever
     had at his establishment.  It is located at
                 Andrea’s Restaurant
                 3100 Nineteenth Street
                 Metairie, Louisiana 70002
     If you love Italian food, you will want to have this
   fine cook book.
     Source: La Cucina di Andrea’s
   From: Steve Herrick                   Date: 05-14-92
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