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Fresh Basil Pesto recipe: 3 cups packed fresh basil, 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted until golden and cooled, 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2-3 cloves garlic, minced, Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh Tomato Soup 2 c chicken broth 1 c chopped onion 3/4 c chopped celery 1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh basil 1 tbsp tomato paste 2 pounds plum tomatoes, cut into wedges. salt & pepper. plain low-fat yogurt and 3 tbsp basil for garnish Combine first 6 ing. in a lg saucepan, boil. Reduce heat, and sim 30 minutes. Season. Blend soup 1/2 batch at a time.
TOMATO BASIL PARMESAN SOUP- Put in crockpot: 2(14oz) can diced tomato; 1 c each: finely chopped celery, carrot & onion; 1 tsp oregano; 1 T basil; 4 c chicken broth, 1/2 bay leaf. Cook on low 5-7 hrs. 1/2 hr before serving melt 1/2 c butter over low heat, add 1/2 c flour. Whisk constantly 5-7 min. Slowly add 1 c hot soup. Add 3 more stir til smooth. Return to pot. Add 1 c parmesan, 2 c warm cream, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper. Add more oregano & basil if needed. Cook on low 30 min more