Friday, July 26 was an unusual day for an intern. After a large amount of basil was harvested from the Village garden by visiting Susquehanna University students, a few staff and clients (myself included!) put aside our heavy workload and headed up to the Village kitchen to turn those fragrant green leaves into a batch of fresh pesto for a community dinner that very evening.
It was quite the educational moment for me personally. Prior to this experience, pesto had been a foreign word to me! As a Caribbean descendant, we most enjoy spicy dishes. Initially, I was skeptical to taste this green, creamy sauce but with a little encouragement from my peers, I gave the sauce a try and truly enjoyed it! I can honestly say pesto is now one of my favorite pasta sauces!
So what goes in to the Village Pesto recipe? We thought you would never ask. The recipe below is one of our community’s favorites. We recommend mixing it in with your favorite pasta noodles or simply using it as a dipping sauce with a nice hearty bread. But, the most important way to enjoy our Village Pesto is in the good company of loving friends! Bon appetite!
N Street Village Pesto
Combine in a food processor and process to a rough paste:
2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan
1⁄3 cup pine nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, or a combination
2 medium garlic cloves, peeled
While the food processor is running, slowly add:
1⁄2 cup olive oil
If the pesto seems dry, add a little more olive oil.
The paste should be a thick paste.
Season to taste using salt and black pepper
This recipe makes about 1 cup. Use immediately or pour a thin film of olive oil over the top, cover, refrigerate for up to 1 week.
By Kesta Medoit — Kesta is a summer Development Intern at N Street Village through the Washington Center Internship Program. When she isn’t interning in D.C., Kesta resides in Florida where she is finishing her undergrad studies in Business Marketing and Management at the University of South Florida. Some fun facts: Kesta is “francaise” (French), an advocate for the arts, and she is always searching for new professional opportunities by attending networking events.