Basil Pesto Recipe

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Basil Pesto

If you remember a few weeks back Renae posted about what it means when your home grown herb plants begin to flower; once they are going to seed or two as a result of high temperatures. My basil plant, which had flourished for over a year, began to flower not long after her post and I can only blame it on the rising temperatures in West TN. I used the opportunity to try my hand at making fresh basil pesto and it was surprisingly easy to do, but yielded far more than I anticipated so you’ll likely be seeing some recipes in the near future featuring basil pesto as I try to use it all up!

Basil Pine Nuts

Did you know you can freeze pesto? Checkout Renae’s tips on freezing homemade pesto!

Basil Pesto Recipe
Recipe type: Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh basil (use a measuring cup and really pack it down)
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used and Italian blend)
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper
  1. In a food processor combine basil and pine nuts and pulse a few times.
  2. Add garlic and pulse a few times more.
  3. Turn food processor on and gradually add the olive oil in a constant stream as it works to process and blend; once fully added, stop and scrape the sides before continuing.
  4. Add grated cheese and once again pulse until well blended.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Transfer from food processor to a bowl, stir and use as desired.
  7. Store remaining pesto in fridge for future use.

Make sure you check out my other easy recipes in my recipe index!

This recipe may be linked at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Two Maids Milking, The Saturday Evening Pot, Permanent Posies, 33 Shades of Green, Blackberry Vine , Polka Dots on Parade, Southern Lovely, Crystal & Comp, Tatertots & Jello

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Ashley is a happily married stay at home mom to a beautiful little girl and a little boy. Ashley and her husband come from a small town and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, like GREAT FOOD. They love to try out new recipes and experiment in the kitchen together, but also enjoy reading, painting and photography.

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