Simple Basil Pesto Recipe: This Delicious Pesto Recipe Is What to Put On Pasta, Sandwiches & More by Jan Mostrom

Simple Basil Pesto Recipe: This Delicious Pesto Recipe Is What to Put On Pasta, Sandwiches & More

I grow basil every summer, and often it grows faster than I can add it to my salads! I love making this simple basil pesto recipe to use some of that great basil. This recipe freezes well, so you can enjoy it long after the basil plants are done producing. Here's the tasty basil recipe I use on pasta, sandwiches and toast. So healthy and so good!

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large bunches basil (about 4 cups loosely packed)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • juice of half a lemon

Here's how you make it:

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Scrape down the sides and pulse again.

To use on pasta, put into a small bowl and blend in 1 to 4 tablespoons of soft butter. Top pasta with sauce and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. To freeze, put the pesto in freezer containers and spread a thin layer of olive oil on top.

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Nicole DeAvilla
I wish I had too much basil in the garden! Sounds like a super simple and healthy recipe - I will try it.
Donna John
I grow basil, too. Need to make a batch or two of pesto myself after all the rain we got last week. It went crazy!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
We have basil growing in a pot in our backyard, thanks to our local farmer's market! Thanks for the great recipe, Jan Mostrom, we will try it. Hope you do too, Nicole DeAvilla and Donna John!
Jo Khalifa
This is similar to mine. I add onion and freshly ground turmeric rhizomes. The cauliflower sounds delish
Jan Mostrom
That sounds so interesting I'm always trying to find ways to add turmeric to my diet. Thanks Jo!

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