Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Make Fresh Basil Pesto

 

Make Fresh Basil Pesto
Fresh homemade basil pesto reviewed

It’s easy to grow your own herbs. Every year in the spring, Fran buys fresh basil plants, we re-pot these plants and set them out on our deck.

We enjoy fresh basil all season long and into the fall. The plants just keep reproducing. This basil pesto is so easy to make and can be enjoyed in many ways.

Basil pesto is perfect tossed over pasta, spread on crackers or toast, try adding some to your favorite salad. Try it on Garlic bread or a baked potato. 

I’ve even made pesto pizza you can find my recipe here for Fresh Tomato and Pesto Pizza.

Our grandson Bobby loves to cook, and especially with fresh ingredients. This fresh basil pesto is one of his favorites to make. Bobby makes this basil pesto in about 10 minutes. So, it’s easy to have a meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Basil Pesto Ingredients:

2 cups fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup fresh grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves fresh garlic (We love our garlic so, you can cut this in half if you like)

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (can be omitted)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

Add the basil leaves and pine nuts into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the food processor several times to chop and mix.

Add the garlic, cheese, and lemon juice and pulse several more times

Place the lid on the food processor turn it on and pour the olive oil in a steady stream.

Stop and scrape the sides with a spatula and turn it on again for about 10 seconds.

Add salt and pepper to taste. If you use the red pepper flakes add them now and pulse a few more times to mix it all in.

We served our basil pesto over fresh Fettuccine that we made with our Emeril Lagasse Pasta and Beyond machine.

Read my review here: Emeril Lagasse Pasta and BeyondReviewed.

Basil Pesto

Our basil pesto with homemade fettuccine was on the table in 30 minutes or less for a delightful family meal.

We used our Ninja Food Processor to make this pesto. Any food processor or blender will work. If you don’t have a basil plant, you can buy fresh basil at your local grocery store and have this basil pesto at any time. 

It's easy to freeze the pesto to enjoy anytime on crackers or toast. Pour the pesto into ice cube trays and place them in the freezer. After the pesto freezes place the cubes in a freezer bag.





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7 comments:

  1. Your home-grown basil and homemade fettuccine looks absolutely delicious, Sam. Thanks so much for the fresh basil pesto recipe. I've always enjoyed your family recipes and have tried many of them. :)

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  2. Sam, this sounds delicious. I too grow basil and will add this recipe to my collection. Thanks so much.

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  3. I agree its easy and lovely to grow herbs and we always grow some basil. Wow your fresh homemade basil pesto sounds delicious! Thank you for the recipe, we will be trying this :)

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  4. There are few things as tasty, fragrant and easy to make as fresh basil pesto! Your recipe sounds very similar to the way I make it. Pesto is also extremely versatile and can add a boost of fresh, herbaceous flavor to many different dishes, although freshly made pasta with pesto is hard to beat! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.

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  5. It still amazes me that you make you own homemade fettuccine! That is definitely something I want to do at some point, although it will probably be after Christmas now (hoping for the Emeril Machine from my Santa). I love pasta dishes. They are my favorite meals. Thanks for sharing your Fresh Basil Pesto recipe. My husband likes to grow his own herbs too.

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  6. I love pesto, we didn't grow any basil last year for some reason so I had to purchase it in a jar and it's really not the same! I've also used cashew nuts instead of pinenuts which is a nice substitute and makes a creamier pesto, have you tried this?

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  7. Thanks Sam for a quick and easy recipe for Basil Pesto. I love that you can make this spicy or not as you like it. I always enjoy your recipes and will definitely give this one a try too!

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