Basil Pesto

My basil is beautiful this year.  Large, full, plentiful.  So of course I had to make basil pesto.  It's fairly easy to do and incredibly tasty.

Here is the recipe I use

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe


2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Special equipment needed: A food processor


1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Makes 1 cup.

2 cups of fresh basil leaves, packed is a lot of leave.  After I plucked the life of my basil plant to near death, I felt as if I should at least offer it mouth to mouth to help it recover.  I didn't and it is doing just fine.

Anyway, pesto isn't the cheapest thing to make.  The cheese and the pine nuts can be quite expensive so this is more a treat than a regular addition to our meals. In our house, since a little goes a long way, we will have left overs.

I freeze my left overs but not in large quantities.  I spoon the remaining portion into ice cube trays.

Once the pesto is frozen, I will take the cubes out of the tray and place them in a freezer bag until I need one, two, or three.This allows me to easily remove an individual, portion size quantity and use it without having to thaw or chip away at a larger block.  I wouldn't want to waste any of this tasty treat.
7 Responses
  1. Dirt Lover Says:

    I discovered pesto just last year! I just love it, and I planted about 12-18 plants this year. Can you believe that? I've given a bunch of basil away, but I'm loving making a few batches of pesto and putting it in the freezer. I didn't have a real recipe, so I'm happy to see yours. I didn't add in any cheese yet, so I will be sure to add that in next time. Thanks!

  2. Lori I have heard arguments about cheese and whether or not to add it when freezing. I have frozen cheese for years so I went ahead and added it. So far so good.

  3. Mnnn I love pesto, it's one of the reasons I grow basil.

  4. I think pesto is a result of my obsession with basil. Lol. I love the smell, the taste, everything about basil. Yum!!!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Love the idea of the ice cube tray! Thanks for the recipe...absolutely love pasta pesto! :-)

  6. Hi MaryEllen!

    Enjoy the recipe. It is good and the ice cube size is perfect for one serving. Have a great day MaryEllen!

  7. joan Says:

    Would it be possible to can pesto sauce? I would love to put some in a gift basket. Please email response (if you can) to Thanks!

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