Hey y’all, I’ve got so much Basil in my garden this summer! It’s impossible to use it all while it’s fresh, so I’ve been making Basil Pesto for days.
Here is an easy and Tasty Basil Pesto Recipe that you are going to love. Plus, I’m going to share how to keep your basil growing all summer. In addition, you can freeze your recipe to have available all winter long.
Keep your Basil Healthy
Did you know basil is one of these easiest herbs to grow, vertically disease free, and it continues to produce all summer long if you treat it right?
The best way to keep your basil plant producing is to gather your basil often. If you see a flower bud forming, you should immediately pinch it off. The more you harvest your plant, the faster it grows.
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If you have an over abundance of basil, you can gather it to dry or freeze for use once it’s out of season. Here is a step by step guide to doing this.
INGREDIENTS for Basil Pesto
Basil Pesto Recipe
- Food Processor or Blender
- 3 cups Basil Fresh
- 1 Cup Olive Oil Extra Virgin
- ¾ cup Parmesan cheese Shredded
- ⅛ cup walnuts chopped
- ½ cup Pine nuts
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Wash Basil Well & pat dry
- Blend all ingredients together in food processor or blender. Blend until almost smooth. Leaving the nuts slightly crunchy.
How to Serve Tasty Basil Pesto
There are many uses for this tasty recipe however, one of our favorites is to serve it over pasta. Just prepare your pasta according to the directions, drain and toss with a couple tablespoons of Pesto. Sprinkle with some extra Parmesan cheese and pepper for a great side dish.
- Perfect for dipping oil with crusty breads – just add a small amount of olive oil to pesto
- Spread over pork chops or chicken on the grill
- Add to soups and sauces for extra flavor
- Great for dipping with cheese and crackers
- Mix with soft cheese such as goat cheese for a tasty spread
If you are unable to use your Basil Pesto within approximately a week, you can freeze the extra for future use. Larger quantities can be frozen in any freezer container, however, freezing smaller quantities in ice trays and storing in a zip lock freezer bag allows more flexibility.
See this tasty Fresh Cucumber and Herb Dip Recipe for a refreshing summertime appetizer.