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A Classic Basil Pesto

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Adjust Servings:
2 cups of packed or fresh Basil
1/4 cup of Pine nuts
1 cup of coarsely grated Parmesan cheese You may add more according to your desire.
180 ml of Extra-virgin olive oil
2 peeled Garlic cloves
Freshly Ground black pepper
Kosher salt

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A Classic Basil Pesto


    You can’t beat the classics

    • 15 minutes
    • Serves 1
    • Medium




    If you are looking for a great recipe to spoil yourself a little bit, then this recipe is for you! A Basil Pesto is a simple and easy recipe that allows you to enjoy a bounty of basil.

    You can make our quick and easy classic Basil Pesto recipe in 15 minutes only. The beauty of this recipe is that it is made of a handful of ingredients.

    This herbaceous, salty, nutty, and garlicky sauce originates from Liguria in Italy. This recipe emerged in Liguria first because most of the Italian basil grows in that region.

    A classic Basil Pesto recipe is a recipe that uses straightforward ingredients that lead to a vibrant flavor. This uncooked sauce is such a convenience for summertime since it is basil-based. Basil Pesto is one of the most favorite condiments for Italians, and soon it will be your favorite too. All you need is to try this easy but really fun recipe that can be used in many different ways, from brightening up pasta to salads. You can even use it with your roasted vegetables!

    Basil Pesto will become your forever go-to sauce if you become a little bit lazy during summertime and you would like to avoid cooking. It is also a great way to put into use the fresh herbs growing in your small garden. It is a recipe that is made with really simple steps. Still, it is really vibrant in both flavor and color, considering that it includes the fresh herbs that make any dish a lot more flavorful.

    Besides being a super easy and inexpensive recipe, Basil Pesto is versatile, and there are endless ways to use it. This fantastic sauce is fantastic for tossing with any pasta, drizzling over your roasted veggies, or spreading it on sandwiches. You can also use it with a variety of recipes. For example, it is the main and secret ingredient in recipes such as Chicken Pesto Pasta and Chicken Pesto Roll-Ups.

    Here are 10 great ideas in which you can use this tasty sauce to get you started:

    • You can use it by mixing it with cooked pasta.

    • You can use it with soup by stirring a spoon of Basil Pesto in your soup after it has been taken off the heat and before serving. The Pesto adds a burst of flavor to your soup because its ingredients usually go well with soups.

    • You can use it by spreading it on your sandwiches. You can spread it over toasted hamburger buns or a piece of scrunchy bread with sliced tomato and a little bit of Mozzarella.

    • You can use it with Pizza as a replacement for the regular tomato sauce.

    • You can use it as a dip for your raw veggies by mixing a small amount of it with Mayonnaise or your favorite vinaigrette.

    • You can use it on top of your roasted vegetables to add some flavor.

    • You can use it by stirring it in some mashed cauliflower or potatoes to brighten up the flavor.

    • You can use it as a filling for stuffed chicken breast.

    • You can use it as a marinade for grilled meats.

    Basil Pesto is a versatile, fresh, delicious, and easy-to-make recipe. Once you try it, it will become your favorite homemade sauce that you will always keep supplied with. You will even neglect your bought-store sauce for it!

    Tips and Notes for You to Make This Recipe

    • You can throw any ingredients you have in hand in your Pesto sauce. You can play with the herbs and add any other green or leafy herbs you have to the mixture. A combination of parsley and cilantro or some finely chopped kale leaves can go great with basil.

    • You can replace the pine nuts with any nut of your choice. You can also make a nut-free pesto by replacing the pine nuts with hemp seeds or pepitas.

    • Add some flavor to your Basil Pesto sauce by adding some roasted red pepper.

    This Basil Pesto recipe is a great recipe for your summer dinner. It is uncooked and comes together quickly and easily. It is colorful and so delicious. It is the perfect sauce that picks up the flavor of any simple dish and takes it to the next level. 

    Now that it is almost summer and basil season, grab your leafy herbs make this easy and flavorsome recipe, and serve it with your next backyard dinner with your friends or family!

    In order to get the best Basil Pesto, you will need these 7 simple ingredients

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    Start by grabbing all your ingredients and placing them within reach right after setting your working zone. 


    The first step is to gently rinse your fresh basil leaves and pat dry. You can also use a salad spinner to remove excess water. 


    In a food processor, put together all the following ingredients: basil leaves, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and your garlic cloves. 


    Process until your herbs are coarsely chopped. 


    Add your ⅔ cup of your extra virgin olive oil. Then, pulse to blend until the mixture is finely incorporated and smooth.


    Now that your Basil Pesto is ready, you may taste it with salt and pepper. Transfer your Basil Pesto to a serving bowl if you are serving immediately.


    In order to refrigerate or freeze your Basil Pesto, put it in an air-tight container.

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