How to Make Homemade Pesto

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(This post was last updated on: 11/17/20.)

I am always looking for new ways to use fresh basil from my plant that seems to grow faster than the speed of light. I love pesto and recently made some at home which used up a good bit of my basil. Pesto tastes yummy on chicken, fish, pasta, in a salad or on a sandwich. It can be used in so many ways, I never worry about my supply going bad before I can use it all up. For this recipe, I also use spinach which gives it a fuller flavor. Learn how to make home homemade pesto; it’s so simple.

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Ingredients to Make Homemade Pesto:

  1. 1 Cup of fresh basil
  2. 1 Cup of fresh spinach
  3. 2 Tablespoons of minced garlic
  4. 1/4 Cup of slivered almonds, walnuts or pine nuts
  5. 1 Tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
  6. Olive oil
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
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Directions on How to Make Homemade Pesto:

  1. Place nuts, basil and garlic in a food processor, process until chopped
  2. Drizzle in some olive oil, approx 2 tablespoons, process until mixed
  3. Add spinach, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper
  4. Process until it becomes a thick paste
  5. Drizzle in more olive oil as needed per your preference on thickness

Store the pesto in a jelly jar for approx 1-2 weeks in the fridge. This recipe makes enough to almost fill 2 jelly jars. I have seen others store pesto in plastic ice cube trays, but I have not tried this yet. It’s definitely on my to-do list.

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What do you like to put pesto on when cooking? Do you have a great homemade pesto recipe? I would love to know. Leave me a comment below so we can share recipes.

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