Basil Pesto and White Bean Dip

I love food processors … but unfortunately they tend to be big and bulky and take up precious counter space.

Because of this, I try and utilize the time ours spends on the counter-top more efficiently by making at least 2 recipes every time I pull it out.  Last night we whipped up basil pesto and a (surprisingly tasty) white bean dip!

The growth of our outdoor basil plant is getting a little ridiculous – Lucky for us, this “problem” means we have to make homemade fresh pesto!

Fresh Basil Pesto:  Add first 5 ingredients to food processor.  Drizzle in olive oil until pesto forms a smooth mixture.

  • 2-3 handfuls fresh basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • heaping tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • about 1/4 cup olive oil

Enjoy with pasta or use it in our easy Tortellini in Broth recipe!

White Bean Dip:  Add first 6 ingredients to food processor.  Drizzle in olive oil until bean dip forms a smooth mixture.

  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • juice of 1 lime
  • small handful of parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • about 1/4 cup olive oil

Eat with pita, tortilla chips, raw veggies … whatever you have on hand!

What’s your favorite food processor recipe?

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One comment

  1. Probably pesto or my mom’s mushroom pate (really, it’s just a dip, but pate sounds fancy!), though in truth the food processor gets used most for making the cat’s chicken that she gets mixed in with her special snowflake wet cat food :)


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