Fresh Basil Pesto

9 Jun

pesto1I have several herbs growing in containers in my backyard, and basil is one of them. I have basil coming out of my ears! I have started searching for basil recipes and found this one. It is so fresh and delicious! I served this over whole wheat penne pasta.

Fresh Basil Pesto  (source: Simply Recipes)

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts (I used pecans)
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

*Special note: I didn’t feel like dragging out my food processor, so I made this in my blender!

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2 Responses to “Fresh Basil Pesto”

  1. Ellie June 9, 2009 at 5:37 AM #

    Mmm – I love fresh pesto! I just harvested a bunch of basil from our aerogarden last night, so I need to make some today! Yours looks beautiful!

  2. Molly Jean June 22, 2009 at 8:13 AM #

    I’ve never made fresh pesto but this looks great. I love your cute dishes too!

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