Easy Pesto Recipes: How to Make the Best Basil Pesto to Use on Anything by Donna John

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18 days ago
Easy Pesto Recipes: How to Make the Best Basil Pesto to Use on Anything

Basil pesto is not only packed with flavor, it’s also super easy and quick to throw together. Use it on pasta, in this caprese panini recipe, on grilled chicken breasts, grilled shrimp, in this peas with pesto recipe, on rice cakes, in a salad dressing or even on pizza. What's your favorite way to use pesto? Tell us below. 

You'll need:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves 
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cups olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Here's how you make it:

  1. Put the basil, garlic and pine nuts in a blender. Pulse until chopped.
  2. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil.
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I love pesto! Thanks for the easy recipe, Donna John!
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Pesto is my favorite, but I've never tried making it. I've always been scared to mess it up! :) Thanks, Donna John !
Angel C
Love pesto. I have also substituted a small handful of walnuts instead of pine nuts since usually don’t have those on hand and they are $$$$$$! Also you can add a little lump of cream cheese believe it or not to the mix and it makes it just a bit creamy and delish. Not too much.
Donna John
Me, too! I picked my basil yesterday to make it, but we ended up getting a pizza to eat during the Astros game. Making it tonight. A few weeks ago I made Gale Gand's recipe, which you use butter in. It was very good! Tonight, going to make my ol' go-to version (this one!). Gale Gand uses pinenuts and walnuts in her version. Love the idea of cream cheese! Going to try that. food: Gale Gand's Basil Pesto Recipe: This Chef's Easy Pesto Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient (Butter!) Angel C Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Donna John
Also, I froze some this year so I can enjoy it after my basil dies. Which, unfortunately, is happening right now, which is why I cut it back yesterday.

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