Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fresh Basil Pesto...This Stuff is Delicious!

***Back in the spring, I planted my first little herb garden which consisted of basil, chives and parsley.  I was super excited to watch the seeds grow into healthy plants, which I could use in my cooking.  After a little tender loving care, it didn't take long at all for the seeds to sprout.

One of the first things that I thought about when I planted the basil was PESTO!  Well, the day to harvest 2 whole cups of basil leaves off my little basil plant came last week.  And trust me, it takes a lot of basil leaves to make 2 cups!

The results were totally worth it.  The roasted pine nuts in this recipe made all the difference in the world.  They add such a great depth of flavor...nutty and delicious!  The great thing about pesto is that you can use it in SO many dishes.  You can add it to pizza, pasta, chicken, fish, pretty much anything! 

I chose to mix mine with some fresh penne pasta and baked chicken.  It was fabulous!  It was a very easy dinner that I look forward to making again and again.

Bon Appetit!***

1 garlic clove, peeled
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup - 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Into the bowl of a food processor, add the garlic, basil leaves, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until finely chopped. With the blender still running, slowly pour 1/2 cup of olive oil. Check for a thick, yet smooth consistency, adding more oil if necessary. Transfer to a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan.


Anonymous said...

thanks for this recipe I need to learn how to make pesto because I love it.

Celeste said...

Thanks for your comment! Pesto is extremely easy and adds LOTS of great flavor to any dish. This was actually the first time I've made it too, and it won't be the last. ;)

AmericKim said...

We Luv luv luv pesto at this house! Can't wait to try your recipe. It looks so yummy!

Elizabeth said...

I'm harvesting my basil tomorrow and can't wait to make pesto with it. I love to freeze most of it and then take it out in the middle of winter for a nice reminder of summer!

jen said...

My family lives on pesto ... mix it with alfredo! and if pine nuts are $30 a lb. like they are around here, pecans work just lovely—thanks for sharing with us!

Suzanne (You Made That?) said...

Hi Celeste, I just wanted to let you know I linked your recipe up at my site. I started a new link party on Sundays and would love for you to link some of your recipes up. Here is a link to it.

Mrs V said...

yumm! my mom grows tons of basil, so I always have a freezer full of homemade pesto... nothings better! I use it on pizza alot too!