Presto Pesto!

There is a restaurant in Marlow, Oklahoma called Giuseppe’s. There were many Italians who migrated to Oklahoma during the building of the railroad across the U.S. and some stayed. We are very lucky that throughout the state, we have some lovely authentic Italian restaurants that are fantastic! Marlow, Oklahoma is a town of about 1,200 people and it is about an hour and a half down there so it is usually a Saturday event for us. When we go, I almost always get the same thing – Green Spaghetti. I just love it. It is actually called something else and I never can remember but it is a spaghettini with pesto sauce. I am just in heaven when I eat it. Once, in the grocery store I bought a box of spaghettini and a jar of pesto, brought it home and cooked it up—–AND, threw it out. Yuk! That was awful!

Next time I went, I spoke with the chef about his pesto recipe and he gave it to me. First, you should know that he basically grows his own basil and pine nuts while he raises cows to milk and make cheese. He has an olive tree in his backyard so he picks olives at the peak of ripeness and presses them as well as mining for coarse salt on the weekends! Okay, not really but close…..that’s not going to happen in my busy life so I did the best I could and it took about 15 minutes from start to finish.


3 Cups stemmed, washed, and dried basil leaves
½ cup Olive Oil
¼ cup pine nuts
¾ cup parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon coarse salt
4 cloves of garlic
Roast the pine nuts for a few minutes:

Put it all into a food processor and pulse it into a paste:

Eat it now:

Or, place in a container and cover with olive oil then seal and place in freezer. Will keep about 6 months. The olive oil will keep the top basil from turning black during the freezing process.


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  1. says

    Kelli- is there garlic in the recipe too? Your picture shows it, but the list of ingredients doesn’t. Thanks! Looks tasty and hope to try it one of these days.
    Sandra in NM

  2. quilt32 says

    I haven’t made pesto in 15 years – you’ve inspired me to make some again.

  3. Dave says

    I saw that picture in my reader and was just going to comment about how much I wished I could be eating that pesto right now, but I realized something else – we both posted about someone named Giuseppe today! If I wasn’t so familiar with the law of large numbers, I’d call that a fitting coincidence :)

      • Dave says

        I posted this on our blog too, but I’m reposting it here for your readers who won’t click through:

        There are two common ways people use the Law of Large Numbers:

        The boring one (used by boring physicists and statisticians) says that if you run a series (such as flipping a coin) a large enough number of times, the results will align closely with the expected value. You may start with seven tails and one heads, but by the time you’ve done a thousand or a million flips, it’ll be pretty close to 50% for each. That’s the boring one.

        The FUN one says that if you have a large enough sample size, all sorts of crazy things can happen. If you ever watched Unsolved Mysteries, they used to have those cases where twins were separated at birth, and were later discovered to be living within 10 miles of each other and driving the same type of car and married to similar-looking wives. People always said it was “fate” or some “divine logic”, but it was really just the Law of Large Numbers at work. They just never showed cases where twins separated at birth had lives that were drastically different.

        In our case, we’ve posted about 150 people with unusual names, and I probably have read thousands of blog posts. Eventually, I was bound to encounter a name in someone else’s post that was the same as one I’d profiled that day. And it was today! And it was awesome! Thank YOU for being a part of it! :) That’s the Law of Large Numbers doing that awesome thing that it does!

        • says

          Thanks, dude! I really loved learning about it! Numbers aren’t really my thing (social worker) but I love the fun way the best of course, because I’m a fun person!


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