Do you love pesto? It is a flavorful sauce that is often served with pasta. It is definitely something you should know how to make to up your kitchen game! Not just because it is delicious but because it is also so easy to make. I mean, who doesn’t love something full of cheese and garlic!
Pesto is amazing and can be used in so many ways. It is known for pasta, but you can use it in many different ways. You could smear some on bread and make a pesto grilled cheese or bruschetta with pesto. Or use it as a topping for veggies, like roasted potatoes or zucchini. Maybe mix it up with some corn, chickpeas, quinoa, and other veggies for a yummy salad. It goes well with pretty much anything that you want to add some flavor to.
Why make your own pesto? Freshness! But not only that, by making your own you can control the ingredients that go into it, meaning you can select organic ingredients and avoid preservatives, and you also get a pesto that taster way better than anything you buy in stores.
This simple pesto is so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making it at home for years. It literally takes just a minute or two and then it’s ready for you to enjoy!
Simple and Tasty Homemade Pesto
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup avocado oil or olive oil
- ⅓ cup pine nuts
- 3 cloves of garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
See how you easy it is to make this homemade pesto:
Place two cups of fresh basil leaves into the bottom of a food processor. Pack them down fairly tightly. You want to make sure that there is plenty of room left for the rest of the ingredients.
Add ½ cup of pine nuts and the cloves of garlic to the food processor. You can use minced garlic if you don’t have whole cloves.
Sprinkle in ½ cup of Parmesan cheese.
Sprinkle salt and pepper to your taste. You can aways add more salt and pepper at the end, if needed, so go easy at first.
Pour the ½ cup of avocado oil into the processor.
Place the lid on the food processor and blend for three to five minutes or until you get to the consistency you desire for your pesto. If your pesto seems too dry, you can add small amounts of avocado oil to the mixture until it is to your preference.
Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
You can then serve your pesto immediately!
You can also place the pesto in the refrigerator in an airtight container and keep it for up to a week. Or freeze it and it will keep for three to four weeks.
I hope this recipe has inspired you to try making your own pesto, since it’s such a simple thing to make. Enjoy!
Simple and Tasty Homemade Pesto Creation