Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Homemade Basil Pesto

Basil pesto is something I look forward to making. It's a super basic dish that can be remixed in an unlimited number of ways.

Spread this yummy pesto on anything you’d like. It’s especially good instead of tomato paste on pizza and as a sauce for noodles. It’s delicious either as a dip or as a sauce on roasted meat, fish or vegetables. I usually mix pesto with pasta or put it over toast.

  • 60 gr of fresh basil leaves
  • 100 gr of walnuts
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 20 ml of fresh lemon juice
  • 150 gr of Parmesan cheese
  • 100 ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Wash and dry the basil leaves, a salad spinner works best. In a small pan, toast the walnuts over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Place basil leaves walnuts garlic cloves fresh lemon juice in a food processor and blends until combined. Run the food processor, pausing to add olive oil to reach desired consistency. Add more olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time, and keep blending until smooth and saucy.

Scrape down sides and blend again taste, and add more salt if desired. Store in the refrigerator overnight to marry the flavors or use immediately.

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