This simple pesto recipe is so great anytime of the year, but with the abundance of fresh basil in the market lately, I feel that there is no better time than now to make some. Also, ever since we got back from our wonderful trip to Italy in the region where pesto was invented, I have been wanting to recreate some of those tasty Italian dishes.
Pesto can be made in just minutes with a food processor or blender and there are so many ways to enjoy it. So being a simple recipe, I had to include it here.
It is also so easy to make because there are only a few ingredients in basil pesto. You will want to use fresh basil for this one, although you can use minced garlic in a jar and pre-grated parmesan cheese for convenience.
Within minutes, you will have a wonderful, flavorful sauce that complements so many foods.
Some serving suggestions would include pasta, poultry, meat and bread.
But there are also many other uses such as casseroles, wraps, salads and vegetables. Honestly, the uses are pretty extensive. Fresh pesto will keep fresh in the refrigerator about 3-4 days if kept in an airtight container.
Easy Pesto Recipe
- 1½ cups fresh basil
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Wash the basil leaves and pat dry.
- Remove the stems and discard.
- Place the leaves, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and cheese in a food processor or blender.
- Run on medium until smooth.
- Enjoy on fresh pasta or about a million other ways.
Do you like pesto?