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4 to 6 servings

1 bunch fresh basil (about 3 cups), rinsed and spun dry

1 bunch Italian parsley (about 2 cups), rinsed and spun dry

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1-1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

8 ounces farfalle (bow tie pasta)

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

crushed red pepper flakes

In a food processor, combine the basil, parsley, and garlic. Process gently. Slowly and gradually add the olive oil until blended.

Place the pine nuts in a small dry frying pan, cook over medium heat until they start to release their oil, around 5 minutes. Shake the pan back and forth to keep from burning. Set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

Return the pasta to the pot. add 1/2 cup of the pesto and mix well. Add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water. Add grated Parmesan and toasted pine nuts, and mix well.

Pour into a large serving bowl, add red pepper flakes. Serve immediately or at room temperature, with a lemon wedges

You can store pesto in an airtight plastic container or glass jar. It will last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.


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