Updated: Jun 25
One of my favorite recipes any time of year, and especially during the summer months, is a batch of fresh basil pesto. Whether I'm using it for pasta or a spread for crackers, it satisfies every time! I have a basil plant that I have grown from seed and I just can't wait to harvest it for my next batch of pesto.
Here's my favorite Basil Pesto recipe:
2 cups of fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons of walnuts
2 large cloves of garlic - use fresh if you can get it
1/3 or 1/2 cup of olive oil. I use 1/3 for a spread and 1/2 if I'm making pesto for pasta
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese (fresh is best)
Salt and pepper to taste
Put the basil, walnuts, and garlic in a food processor and process until finely chopped.
With the food processor running, pour in the olive oil slowly and process until you have a smooth mixture.
Add the cheese and process to combine (don't process for too long).
Mix in the salt and pepper with a spoon.
Refrigerate or freeze and enjoy!