7 Apr

It’s so easy: delicious homemade pesto!

I have a dangerous addiction to homemade pesto (I have yet to find any store brand that even begins to compare to the fresh stuff) and I thought I’d share the easy recipe with you lovely readers!

(Just a quick note… I made a pretty small quantity this time around, so if you want to make pesto for a party or for extended consumption, definitely double— or triple!— this recipe.)

Here’s how you make it:

Step 1) Gather about 1 cup fresh basil leaves.  Every Spring, I buy a basil plant from Trader Joe’s for $2.99, so I have fresh basil at my disposal whenever I want!  (Don’t forget to wash your basil leaves before you start!)

Step 2) Put your basil into a food processor and add all of your other ingredients on top.  (Start with 1 clove of garlic… you can add more after you combine the ingredients and taste your pesto.)

Step 3) Combine your ingredients by running your food processor until everything is evenly combined.  If the pesto seems too oily, add more parmesan.  If it’s too dry, add more olive oil.  You can also add another clove of garlic if you like a little spice to your pesto (I do!)

Step 4) Serve on bread, crackers, over pasta, or any other way you’d like (like pizza! mmmm…)

Do you like pesto?  Have you ever tried making it at home?  And how long can you keep your plants alive?  (Sometimes I forget to water and my basil doesn’t last more than a week… this year, I’m determined to keep it going for months!)

{ posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 }


Comments: {4}

  • Karen writes:

    You can also add sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red bell pepper (both come in jars ready to go, also at Trader Joe’s) to change things up. Both ingredients add a whole new dimension to a traditional basil pesto. At Christmas time you can do red and green pesto for a festive appi! Yummo!

  • Kimberly writes:

    @Karen: that sounds amazing!! Thanks for the tip :)

  • easy recipe writes:

    I love pesto, but I never tried to make it .

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