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Basil Pesto

Are you growing any herbs this summer? You may have seen in my last post about my wine cork herb markers that my basil is starting to take off and I’m fired up to make pesto with it.

Basil pesto is so easy to make and can be used for lots of delicious recipes. We love to mix it with our Spaghetti with Onions, omitting the spinach and using the pesto instead, for a quick and fresh meal. My kids like it mixed with cheese tortellini. I also drizzle it over slices of buffalo mozzarella and summer tomatoes…so yum!

Do you use pesto and if so, for what?

Here is a basic recipe I make all the time that hope you will enjoy too.

Basil Pesto



Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.
If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.

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Tuesday 2nd of August 2011

Hi Lisa! I hope you had a great vacation! We have tons of basil growing so I've made your pesto twice in the last week. It's fantastic! Thanks for the recipe

Privet and Holly

Sunday 31st of July 2011

I know when I gethome I will face abasil jungle, sothis recipe will behandy to have! Loveyour markers, too!xx Suzanne

Natasha in Oz

Friday 29th of July 2011

I love pesto and haven't made any for so long! I'm going to have to make some as soon as I can find some fresh basil.

Take care and best wishes for a great weekend!Natasha.


Wednesday 27th of July 2011

By the way, I put pesto on the sliced tomato on our Pizza.Bellisima!


Wednesday 27th of July 2011

Hi Lisa,

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for this recipe. My hubby always asks me if I can make our own pesto.Buying it is also very pricey!

Thanks for sharing!Hugs to you Friend!