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.
My 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.
Pesto traditionally uses toasted pine nuts, but a more frugal option is to use walnuts.
Fresh 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.
A quick turn in the food processor blends all the flavors together. To make a thinner pesto, use more olive oil.
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
- Put everything in the food processor and process to desired consistency. To make a thinner pesto, add more olive oil.
- [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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