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Tasty Basil Pesto Recipe

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?

Basil Plant will  produce all summer long.

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.

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.

Learn how to dry or freeze fresh herbs
INGREDIENTS for Basil Pesto
Ingredients to make Tasty Basil Pesto Recipe. #basilpesto
Just mix together in a Food Processor
Yield: 10 people

Basil Pesto Recipe

Basil Pesto Recipe

Tasty pesto great on pasta, bread, and great to use in soups.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 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


  1. Wash Basil Well & pat dry
  2. Blend all ingredients together in food processor or blender. Blend until almost smooth. Leaving the nuts slightly crunchy.


Cost estimate is based on growing your on basil plant

Pine nuts can be substituted with Almonds

Salt and Pepper can be adjusted to taste. 

Keep Pesto in an air tight container in refrigerator for up to a week. 

Freezes well

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 125Unsaturated Fat 0g

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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

Pesto with pasta or with crusty bread
Adding olive oil for a dipping pesto

Freezes Well

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.

Freezing Basil Pesto for future use.

See this tasty Fresh Cucumber and Herb Dip Recipe for a refreshing summertime appetizer.

Thanks for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you!

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Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Good Morning Rachel Great Great recipe* I have so much basil growing, I will be trying this recipe this week for sure. Love the way basil smells*

have a great day


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Deezie, I'm sure you will love this recipe. Thank you for stopping by. Rachel

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