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Classic Homemade Basil Pesto


Each year, I make sure to harvest the last of the basil in our herb garden before the first frost.

My favorite way to use all that basil is in homemade pesto.  And if you have home-grown garlic as well, all the better!


You want to harvest your basil leaves before they flower or they can be bitter.

Any variety of basil works in pesto, as does parsley or even mint, but I'm partial to purple Thai basil.

My recipe is pretty classic and uses plenty of walnuts, fresh grated cheese, and of course basil.



Classic Homemade Basil Pesto

(makes approximately two half pint jars)

2 cups fresh basil leaves, rinsed and patted dry
5 fresh garlic cloves, rough chopped
1 cup walnuts
1 cup olive oil
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and fresh ground black pepper

In food processor, pulse basil, garlic and walnuts to rough chop. With processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil.

Add cheese and pulse to just combine, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Divide into mason jars and refrigerate.

Freeze in ice cube trays for longer storage.

That's it! I love tossing the pesto with fresh pasta, but it's also good on grilled salmon, on fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwiches or mixed into mayonnaise.

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Classic Home Basil Pesto

Yield: 1 pint
Author: Source: Fresh Eggs Daily
I love tossing this pesto with fresh pasta, but it's also good on grilled salmon, on fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwiches or mixed into mayonnaise.

ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, rinsed and patted dry
  • 5 fresh garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper

instructions:

How to cook Classic Home Basil Pesto

  1. In food processor, pulse basil, garlic and walnuts to rough chop. With processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil.
  2. Add cheese and pulse to just combine, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Divide into mason jars and refrigerate.
  4. Freeze individual servings in ice cube trays for longer storage.
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**this is a wonderful recipe for those following a Keto Paleo or Whole30 diet - just skip the cheese if you wish!



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