Make this fresh and delicious Basil Pesto in just minutes! Just 6 simple ingredients make up this pesto. Add it to pasta sauces, salads, soups and spread on sandwiches!
Ahhh basil. A beautiful and fragrant herb that makes so many dishes just that much more delicious! I’ve always loved basil but around here it can be hard to find outside of summertime, unless you want to pay $10 for a teeny bunch of it. So when I discovered a genius tip to grow basil, my basil plants have never been more prolific! I have more than I know what to do with, but I am going to try my hardest to harvest and use every bit of basil I can. I’m making pesto, basil butter, I’m drying it, freezing it and eating as much fresh basil as humanly possible!
One of the first things I wanted to do, was make homemade pesto. I love pesto, and had no idea it was so easy to make at home. SO easy. Like 5 minutes easy. Love. That. So forget that $10 jar of pesto on the grocery shelf, grab your food processor and let’s make some of our own!
How to use Basil Pesto:
Here are some great ways to enjoy your homemade pesto!
- Toss it with cooked pasta.
- Toss with steamed vegetables like green beans or potatoes.
- Use as a spread on sandwiches (it’s awesome with salami or a Bocconcini & tomato sandwich, or this Easy Italian Sandwich).
- Add as a topping to soups and stews.
- It’s wonderful on this Chickpea Tomato Bread Soup!
Nut Free Basil Pesto:
- You can leave the pine nuts out if you wish. Sometimes I add 1/2 cup of fresh spinach instead.
- If the pesto is a bit bitter (sometimes basil can be bitter), just add 1/4 tsp or more, of sugar.
- You can keep this in the fridge for up to a week.
- If the pesto is too dry, just add more oil.
Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking
More Recipes with Fresh Basil:
- Creamy Basil Pesto Chicken
- Caprese Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Fresh Tomato Salad
- Pasta with Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce
- Shack’s Shrimp with Prosciutto and Basil
- Easy Caprese Salad