Fresh Basil Pesto

There is nothing better than fresh basil during the summer months. It’s one of my favorite herbs to cook with and over the past few summers, I’ve been making batches of pesto so that my family can enjoy the sweet and savory flavors of basil all year long.

I typically grow 5-6 plants in my garden each summer. This allows me to make about 5 large batches of pesto throughout the summer. I then freeze the pesto so that I have a quick and effortless dinner solution during the winter months. We use it on chicken, pizza and pasta because it instantly creates a flavor explosion!

I use mason jars or silicone popsicle trays to freeze the pesto in. The popsicle trays are reusable so when I’m done freezing a batch, I pop the pesto out of the trays and store them in ziplock plastic baggies. About 1 pesto pop is enough for a box of pasta!

I also highly recommend this olive oil. When making pesto, you want to use higher quality olive oil, for a richer and more robust flavor. You don’t want a blend. The blends often have filler oils. Take a look at the back of the bottle and it should just say that it’s from 1 location. (often you’ll see it says product of: Greece, Italy, Spain). This product says product of Italy. The blended oils are better for cooking with.

I also recommend a high quality cheese like Locatelli’s Pecorino Romano. It’s an aged Italian sheep’s milk cheese with a sharper, saltier flavor than regular parmesan. This cheese is a staple Italian cheese in the northeast! If you can’t find it in your area, I like to use Belgioiso Parmesan too.

Here is the blender that I use. It is incredibly versatile and I use this for smoothies and soups as well! I also usually purchase small and medium mason jars and extra plastic caps because fresh pesto makes great gifts (think fathers day or birthdays) in the summertime. People really appreciate receiving something homemade!

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Fresh Basil Pesto
My family loves any dish that includes pesto! I've figured out that I can hide a little bit of spinach or kale into this recipe to ensure that my young boys are also getting the added nutrition that they need! You can also make this vegan by substituting the cheese for cashews. The flavors are still rich the the cashew creates a creaminess, similar to the cheese.
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pick and rinse the Basil
  2. Combine the basil, spinach/kale, grated cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse in a food processor or blender several times until the mixture is finely chopped.
  3. Slowly add the olive oil while pressing the pulse button on your blender. Pulse 3-5 times until everything is combined. If you like a creamier basil, continue pulsing. If you like the mixture finely chopped, with a little bit of texture, you are done!
  4. Pour into silicone popsicle molds or mason jar and freeze. OR eat fresh on tomatoes or crackers for a tasty treat!

Hello! I'm Kim

I'm so glad you're here!! I'm a born and raised Midwest girl, living with my family on the East Coast. In 2019 I took a leap —- I left my corporate sales career to spend more time with my babes and start this blog! I love finding a good deal, while helping busy women look and feel their best. I also love to decorate and occasionally I’ll share some of my go to healthy recipes here!

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