Basil Pesto Sauce

This pesto sauce is a regular in my kitchen now. So far I have used it in 8 to 10 different types of
sandwiches, pastas, piadine, and shallow-fried potatoes. Making it is a breeze esp. if you have a small
food processor. I used the small bowl that came with my Cuisinart hand blender. Once you have all the
ingredients at hand, you will have your pesto sauce ready in just about 5 minutes.

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2 Cups fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese

1/4 tea spoon crushed black peeper (Optional)

1/4 tea spoon red pepper flakes (Optional)

Lemon juice (approx. 1 tbsp)

1/4 tea spoon sea salt/ table salt

1. Place basil, walnuts and garlic in food processor.

2. Blend until almost smooth while gradually adding olive oil. (Approx. 1-2  minutes)

3. Add ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, black pepper and red pepper. Blend for 3-4 seconds.

4. Empty pesto sauce into a bowl and stir in lemon juice and salt.

5. Taste and add more salt if needed.