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Castello Fresh Basil Pesto

Castello Fresh Basil Pesto


  • 2 cups fresh basil, packed (can sub half the basil leaves with baby spinach)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Castello® Aged havarti
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts (can sub chopped walnuts)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • ¼ tsp salt, or more to taste
  • ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste


Place the basil leaves and pine nuts into the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times. Add the garlic and Castello Aged Havarti Cheese and pulse several times more. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. While the food processor is running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady small stream. Adding the olive oil slowly while the processor is running will help it emulsify and help keep the olive oil from separating. Occasionally, stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Toss with pasta for a quick sauce, dollop over baked potatoes, or spread onto crackers or toasted slices of bread.