Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pesto Sauce Recipe

easy homemade pesto (7.1)
I love basil. Pesto is made from basil and often tops Italian-style dishes at restaurants. You can buy it at the store, but I’ve found it is expensive and usually very oily. I’ve made it a few times and wanted to share the recipe! Mine was made using my Vitamix Blender,but you can use any type of blender or food processor.
2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 medium cloves of garlic, peeled
1/8 cup lemon juice
1 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
pinch of Italian seasoning
salt & pepper
I rinsed the basil and dried it as well as I could.
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Here is a picture of the ingredients. I keep all of them in the pantry most of the time. It is nice that this recipe doesn’t require a special trip to the grocery store!easy homemade pesto (5)
Then I tore off the leaves and packed them into the blender. You will need lots of leaves.
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Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed and then blend or process until it is relatively smooth. Here is a close-up:easy homemade pesto (1)
I separated the pesto into several glass containers for freezing. That way I can just pull out a little as I need it. I am planning to use it for pasta dishes but also as a topping with tomatoes and cheese for baked chicken.
Do you have any recommendations for using pesto?


  1. Oooh! Your recipe is a little different than the one I was given. This will be the first year we have made pesto. Perhaps I will try both recipes!!!

    1. I liked this recipe b/c I had all the ingredients in my pantry. I often forget to bring my list before heading to the it is best for me to make recipes with stuff I have already! Or I decide I just have to make something right away and it's great when all the ingredients are at my house.

  2. Wow, you don't use pine nuts? I never thought about almonds! I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

    1. No, I didn't have any! And they're expensive. Almonds worked just fine!


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