Tuesday, June 24, 2014

HOMEMADE BASIL PESTO SAUCE

Last week I shared my Chicken and Pesto Bowtie Pasta.  It was a hit and it seemed that everyone enjoyed it...even if you weren't able to do internet taste testing.  Today I will show you how I make my own pesto sauce.


What You Need:
  • 2 cups of packed fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan/Romano cheese
  • salt and pepper

What You Do:
  • Combine basil, garlic, cheese and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped;
  • Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully mixed and smooth;
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • If using immediately, add the remaining oil and Enjoy;
  • If freezing, transfer into an air-tight container (I use Ziplock freezer quart bags) and drizzle the remaining oil over the top. (Pesto can be frozen up to 3 months)

There you have it!  Your very own fresh pesto sauce.  I grow my own basil (which is super duper easy) to make this sauce as well as freshen up recipes.  I try to make enough pesto to last me through the winter until I can grow more basil in the Spring and Summer.  You should really try this!

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10 comments:

  1. OMG OMG OMG OMG...LOVE PESTO...AND SO MAKING THIS...Gong to pin this and share it with my mom. Stopping by from Tickle My taste Buds Tuesdays

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    1. Ha Ha! Thanks Karen. I love it too on just about everything and this is the easiest recipe I have found. I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. This looks super easy and delish! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. It is Kelly! I hope you can try it out sometime. It is also good as a pizza sauce...I'm getting hungry!

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  3. I've never tried pesto but girl...this looks so easy and yummy. I love trying new things and putting my own spin on things. Great recipe.

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  4. Yum! I need totals this right now!

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  5. I want to try this, because I REALLY want to try that pasta recipe you shared last week. But I'm pretty nervous to try something like this; it's a little outta my cooking comfort zone. But hopefully I'll get the nerves to try it (or just have T do it).

    Thanks for sharing at DDT. I'll be pinning it so we can try it out soon!

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