Basil Pesto Recipe
A great way to add to your five plus a day!

This basil pesto recipe is easy to make. It can be prepared in a food processor, in a blender, with mortar and pestle, or by using a hand blender.

Pesto is of Italian origin. Originally made with pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, olive oil, and basil, it allows adaption to the herb you have at hand.

This pesto recipe is one of my favorite spreads on homemade bread and rolls or wraps. You can also break the tradition of sweet pancakes and fritters and top them with pesto. A quick and delicious dip suggestion is to add pesto to sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese or quark. 

Pesto is so easy to prepare with many possible flavor combinations. Variations can be in the selection of herbs, cheese, nuts, or simply adding some olives. Tried pestos you will find on Easy Healthy Recipes For Kids include parsley pesto with cashews or parsley, coriander, and curry leaves pesto with almonds.

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Italian inspired basil pesto recipe with pine nuts

This pesto is an all-time favorite. As a spread on freshly baked bread, mashed with an avocado mixed under pasta with vegetables or to refine a salad dressing.

Basil pesto

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Yield: 190ml jar

Category: Spread
Cuisine: Italian inspired
Vegetarian Diet

Pesto ingredients:

  • 2 cups of basil, fresh
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step by step:

  1. Put the wash and spin-dried basil with the peeled garlic and olive oil into one container and blend it with a hand blender.
  2. Add the pine nuts and mix.
  3. Add the grated parmesan cheese.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Blend well all ingredients to a smooth texture.

Enjoy its many uses!

We would love to hear about how you liked the basil pesto recipe and how you liked to serve it.

Sometimes the time of year is not right and basil is scarce on the farmer markets and in our garden, but you may have easier access to parsley then check out the parsley pesto recipe with cashews or the parsley pesto with almonds.

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