Basil Pesto

Basil (ocimum basilicum) is one of my all time favorite herbs.  A native to India, basil first arrived to Europe in the 16th century.  Today, it is among the most popular and widely grown culinary herbs. Basil is also known for its many health benefits, such as combating colds/flu and serving as an anti-stress agent.  To top it off, basil is also known to boost memory function!  Oh…I forgot to mention, basil’s flavor is outstanding!

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Freshly cut basil and nasturtium flowers

Basil is a foundation plant in our herb garden.  It is an extremely easy annual to grow.  In fact, for those of you wishing you had room for a garden, you don’t need one for basil.  I grow a few basil plants our kitchen windowsill, all winter long…in Michigan! Each time the leaves are pinched off for use, new ones emerge. This plant will last you for months with a little water, sunshine and love! Find a small pot, some seed starting soil and a few basil seeds and you are ready to go!

One of my favorite uses for basil is creating pesto!  Enjoy this traditional pesto recipe:

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Traditional Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 3 C freshly packed basil
  • 1/3 C pine nuts
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 C parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Food process the basil leaves
  • Add the pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and parmesan
  • Process all of the ingredients together
  • The pesto should be smooth and creamy
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Spoon pesto into small, glass containers.
  • Pesto will last for 5-7 days in the refrigerator
  • Note: If you choose to make numerous batches for freezing, add a thin layer of olive oil to the top of each jar before sealing.  This helps retain moisture during the freezing process. Also, make sure you leave 1/4 inch of headroom for expansion.
  • img_1418I enjoy using pesto with angel hair pasta, baked chicken breast and as a grilled pizza sauce.  Enjoy!

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31 thoughts on “Basil Pesto

  1. My favorite pizza uses pesto instead of red sauce. Add portobello mushrooms, white onions, artichoke hearts and eggplant. On Bill’s side, it’s next to no cheese, but I like regular cheese PLUS gorgonzola. Best pizza combo ever! The pesto is the key. Ask Wifey if she would like that. 🙂

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  2. Synchronicity is very odd. Yesterday I thought , I should look up a pesto recipe as I vaguely know how to do it but I’m not 100% , and since I’m dieting it will be a harmful condiment calorie wise…and here you are sneaking into my brain. I didn’t even notice you popped in.
    I will definitely try this 🌺🌺

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  3. To top it off, basil is also known to boost memory function! Oh…I forgot to mention, basil’s flavor is outstanding!

    Please tell me you did this on purpose! :).

    I began growing it last year. Love it and its fragrance is marvelous.
    We’ve not made a pesto …yet.

    I re-read the recipe and was looking for grams and wondered what C stood for… then I remembered … of course, you are American!
    🙂

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  4. This sounds excellent! I love pesto, but don’t get to have it very often because of food restrictions in our house (you know, pine nuts and cheese… don’t go well with an EOE kid). It looks wonderful, though!

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