Presto! Pesto!

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This very delicious and very healthy sauce comes from Italy where people put it on spaghetti and pizza. In Italy everybody makes pesto with basil, a summer green herb. But we can also make it with parsley and the peppery parsley called cilantro, which is sometimes easier to find in winter. Whichever green herb you want to use, the recipe can be the same. It's one of Nana's whiz bangs!

What you must have is a bunch of basil or cilantro or parsley, In these pictures Nana has cilantro, but basil and parsley will be just as green. You also need to have 3 peeled cloves of garlic, a tablespoon of pine nuts or sunflower seeds or chopped hazelnuts or chopped almonds--whatever you have will be A OK. Of course you need salt and you have to grind some black pepper in, as much as you like. And to make it a sauce you will need a liquid: olive oil. 1 1/4 cups of olive oil. And then our secret ingredient: Parmesan cheese! I'd say 1/2 cup shredded or grated.

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Now this is really easy whiz bang.  All you have to do it clean the green you decided to use and dry it very well.  Then put it and the garlic and the nuts or seeds, salt and pepper and Parmesan cheese into the bowl of a chopper or food processor. Start to whiz. Now as you whiz and chop, pour in the oil to make a smooth sauce.  And stop when it is. 

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You can put your pesto on spaghetti or on a pizza and feel very proud that you made something good for your body. It has all the nourishment you need: protein, vitamins and minerals. Plus great taste!

Before we go, I have a riddle for you.  When they get spaghetti with tomato sauce, everybody asks for "cheese, please." Why does nobody ask for "cheese, please", when they get spaghetti with pesto sauce? .....Because we already put the cheese in the sauce!!