Monday, August 30, 2010

Basil Pesto

Do you have lots of fresh basil in the backyard and wondering what to do with it?  A great idea is to make pesto.  You can freeze it and use it through the year until your next crop. It only takes 5 minutes.

Here is a very simple recipe.

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Basil Pesto

Yield: 1 cup

Total Time: 10 minutes


2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste


Using a food processor combine the basil and the pine nuts. Then add the garlic and then slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream into the mixture.   After that add the cheese and then the salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with pasta.

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18 Responses to “Basil Pesto”

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    redmenace — August 30, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    I adore basil and basil pesto! But, alas, I do not have basil bounty this year. It’s been a rough one around here. I wish I could borrow some of yours!

    • Delishhh replied: — August 30th, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

      Robin – How was the conference? You did go right? You know i didn’t have a lot of basil this year either but i though it was because i moved and i kind of forgot to water my plants in the middle of it all. But it could have been the lack of summer in Seattle 🙂

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    Juliana — August 30, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    Basil…and pesto…I love it, but somehow I haven’t tried making pesto…I have a nice basil plant at my kitchen window…maybe will give a try 🙂

    • Delishhh replied: — August 30th, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

      Juliana – It is sooo easy you have to try it out. When you make pesto it takes about 5 minutes and the reward is huge because it tastes so good. So you are aware you won the giveaway right? I wasn’t sure since i didn’t get a response from my earlier email. Send me your info offlline.

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    Maddie — August 31, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    I’ve got a bunch of pesto in my freezer, from all the weeks that my CSA brought me bagfuls of the stuff. This weekend, I had my first-ever grilled cheese sandwich (I know, I know!) with pesto, mozzarella, and a sliced tomato. Heaven. I totally endorse making pesto!

    • Delishhh replied: — September 7th, 2010 @ 9:06 pm


      You are probably in Croatia right now enjoying yourself. I love Croatia. So you will have to let me know what you think when you come back. Some of my favorite things to eat while you are there are: Stuffed peppers, tomato salad and lamb. Have fun!

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie — September 1, 2010 @ 1:40 am

    I loooove basil pesto! Just look at that colour, gorgeous!

    • Delishhh replied: — September 7th, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

      Maria, thanks for stopping by. I love pesto too and it is so easy to make.

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    Carrie — September 1, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    I’ve been meaning to make pesto for years. I know that I love it, and last year and I had 2 huge basil plants. But they all got the blight and died! Ah well, will try again because I really love pesto.

    • Delishhh replied: — September 7th, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

      Carrie – oh sorry to hear about your plants. Once you get fresh basil pesto is so easy to make. I am not kidding when i say 10 minutes max.

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    Milk and Honey Home — September 8, 2010 @ 4:58 am

    what a great recipe—simple and can use it on everything… We still have a little left in our herb garden.

    • Delishhh replied: — September 14th, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

      Milk & Honey – Thanks for stopping by. Oh pesto is so easy, and if you have some in your garden even better.

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    Lana — September 8, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    I’ve always wanted to try and make pesto and this looks so easy, must give it a try! Thanks!

    • Delishhh replied: — September 14th, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

      Lana – Nice to see you here. Pesto is so easy, you have to try it out.

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