|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
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.
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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