Classic Basil Pesto


Date Published: August 10th, 2020 | Last Updated: August 10th, 2020
Author: Abby |Category: sauces, easy, quick, < 15 mins
Serves: makes 1.5 cups | Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 5 mins

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Of all the herbs out there, basil is my absolute favourite so it’s no surprise that I’m obsessed with pesto. I would have an entire veggie patch of just basil if I could, but sadly growing basil has always been my achilles heel when it came to gardening. Basil on its own is so bright and flavourful, best when paired with a bocconcini and sun dried tomato with some fresh ground black pepper in my opinion mmmm. It’s also great on top of a pizza or pasta to freshen it up. Pesto opens up a whole new ball game and is so versatile – you can use it as a rub, marinade, sauce, dip…etc. I love using it as a pizza sauce with some garlic and olive oil brushed onto the dough or stirred through a creamy pasta sauce for a quick dinner. Ohh boy I could go on forever on all the ways I would use pesto. I’ll probably ramble on more about my love of pesto in future posts on how to use it (of which I’m sure there will be many) so keep your eyes peeled for pesto recipes! Here is my version of a classic basil pesto. It’s insanely easy and you don’t even need to do any chopping. If you can press a button, you can make pesto. Presto pesto!

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic (you don’t need to chop it)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

If you haven’t already, toast the pine nuts until golden brown. You can either toast it on a dry skillet on medium heat or in the oven at 220˚C until golden brown.

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until it forms a smooth paste. Done! Easy, eh?

Storage:

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze them in ice cube trays or a bag.

Summarized Recipe:

Classic Basil Pesto

Date Published: August 10th, 2020 | Last Updated: August 10th, 2020
Author: Abby |Category: sauces, easy, quick, < 15 mins
Serves: makes 1.5 cups | Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. If you haven’t already, toast the pine nuts until golden brown. You can either toast it on a dry skillet on medium heat or in the oven at 220˚C until golden brown.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until it forms a smooth paste. Enjoy!

Storage:

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze them in ice cube trays or a bag.

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