Easy Basil Pesto

It’s harvest time for the basil in my garden! That means one thing: pesto. Pesto is such a versatile condiment – I love to use it to flavor hamburgers, use as a sauce on pizza, mix with pasta, etc.

easy basil pestoMy garden was a little late with the great-looking basil this year, but it still feels summer-y here and the basil is still going strong. In this photo I have regular basil and lime basil.

garden-basilPesto traditionally uses toasted pine nuts, but a more frugal option is to use walnuts.

pesto-garlic-walnutsFresh basil is one of my favorite herbs. It has such amazing, intense flavor, I love to use it in unexpected places – like these banh mi tacos.

pesto-basilA quick turn in the food processor blends all the flavors together. To make a thinner pesto, use more olive oil.


Easy Basil Pesto

Easy Basil Pesto

Basil pesto is an intensely flavored condiment great for use with pizza, pasta, burgers. Only four ingredients, and so easy to make!


  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 3 cloves of garlic


  1. Put everything in the food processor and process to desired consistency. To make a thinner pesto, add more olive oil.
  2. [Optional] For future use, fill an ice cube tray with pesto. When frozen, put the cubes in a freezer bag and return them to a freezer.



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