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Cheesy Basil Pesto on Ciabatta Bread


  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 4 garlic gloves
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated Romano cheese
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated Jarlsberg cheese (semi-soft)
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ciabatta bread


To create the pesto, combine basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, pepper, and a portion of olive oil in food processor and process until smooth. If you like the pesto to be a certain consistency, pour the olive oil in slowly until the desired consistency is reached. Remove the pesto from the food processor and empty into a bowl. Fold in the grated cheeses and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.


To serve, spread the pesto on fresh ciabatta bread, then top off with a slice of cherry tomato and grated Romano cheese.