10 September 2011 ~ 7 Comments

Fresh Basil Pesto

This is the perfect season to make your own fresh basil pesto. Pesto is a versitile and delicious sauce that can be added to pastas, soups or served with fresh bread or crackers.

Today at the farmers market, I bought a HUGE bunch of basil, and made four small containers of pesto when I got home. I popped them right into the freezer, in individual containers ready for weeknight meals!

Here is an easy pesto recipe, that you will love. This version has no nuts in it (although you can add pine nuts, cashews or other soft nuts if you like)

Fresh Basil Pesto

3 cups fresh basil leaves (washed well, and packed)
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh grated parmeggiano reggiano

Combine all in your food processor, and blend well.

7 Responses to “Fresh Basil Pesto”

  1. Brenda 10 September 2011 at 8:57 am Permalink

    I’m just wondering does it have to be frozen or do you have a receipe that can be shelved/jarred instead.

  2. Catherine 10 September 2011 at 9:00 am Permalink

    No, you can keep in in the fridge for about a week…or likely preserve it too though I have never tried! Or have a big pasta party and use it all at once! 😉

  3. Brenda 10 September 2011 at 9:06 am Permalink

    Thanks. I’ll do the freezing route as I’ve never preseved/jarred anything inn my life.

  4. Erynn 25 September 2011 at 3:43 pm Permalink

    Yummo!! Thanks Catherine!! 🙂

  5. Katie 10 October 2011 at 2:22 pm Permalink

    Yum! I made this with a bit of lemon zest, and substituted some of the olive oil with lemon infused extra virgin O.O.

  6. Alpana 10 October 2011 at 10:32 pm Permalink

    Stumbled upon your site when I was looking for easy muffin recipes. Was just looking at your pesto recipe – you’ve made it entirely without nuts, so I’m assuming the pesto gets its body from the cheese? I make mine with walnuts instead of pine nuts – more body and texture and I also omit cheese but love the taste anyway. Want to try it with pumpkin seeds next – I think it will be healthier. Then I got recently bored of cleaning basil (basil in the monsoons in India need going over with a microscope), so I used spinach instead of basil and it was fabulous. Also easier. Am going to hit coriander next!

  7. Ms Me 10 August 2015 at 12:12 pm Permalink

    Pesto is something I’ve been making for years because it is so healthy and versatile. It really should have nuts, unless allergies are a concern…as the protein makes it more nutritionally complete and adds more body and texture to the pesto.
    I generally use walnuts from Costco (cheaper than pine nuts used in traditional pesto and you honestly can’t tell the difference).
    Pesto is awesome since the ‘greens’ are never cooked/heated.

    Basil is the traditional pesto, but you can use parsley or other green herbs – or a mix. Pasta with pesto, chicken, red peppers, broccoli, and sundried tomatoes is one of my family’s favourite meals, so I make loads of pesto every fall. I find the cheapest source for the basil is to go right to the farm, where I can usually get a huge bunch for about a dollar.


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