Homemade Pesto

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This homemade basil pesto is made with five simple ingredients. Pesto sauce is quick and easy to make and is very versatile. Pesto can be used on my Pasta with Homemade Pesto Cream Sauce, Grilled Pesto Tomato Mozzarella Sandwiches, Caprese Burgers, or added to these Meatball Burgers with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. Grab a handful of fresh basil and lets get started!

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

I love pesto! But to be honest, I’m not a fan of pesto in a jar from the grocery stores, it always seems a bit tart or bitter. During the warmer months, I love to grow basil in container gardens and in super cute distressed farmhouse planters. I’ve grown several different types, even purple basil! I’m awful at keeping plants alive, but basil is one of the easiest things to grow, even for me!

Ingredients Needed

  • Fresh basil leaves
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • pine nuts
  • garlic cloves
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • extra-virgin olive oil

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Utensils Needed

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Let’s Make It Together

Add all ingredients to a food processor, except the extra-virgin olive oil

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Pulse the food processor a couple of times.

Add extra-virgin olive oil.

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Pulse again until you reach the desired consistency for the pesto basil sauce. On my little food processor, it usually takes around 20-30 seconds. If needed, remove the lid, scrape the sides of the food processor and pulse again.

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Store in a Mason jar in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

I like to use these plastic reusable Mason jar lids for items I am not canning.

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

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Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Homemade Pesto

This homemade basil pesto is made with five simple ingredients. Pesto sauce is quick and easy to make and is very versatile. Pesto can be used on my Pasta with Homemade Pesto Cream Sauce, Grilled Pesto Tomato Mozzarella Sandwiches, Caprese Burgers, or added to these Meatball Burgers with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. Grab a handful of fresh basil and lets get started!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 c fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tbs pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, combine basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and salt & pepper. Pulse/blend a couple of times
  • Add extra-virgin olive oil and pulse/blend again until you've reached the desired consistency
Keyword pesto, basil, pasta
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