With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Basil Pesto

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Basil Pesto

Basil is one of my favorite herbs to grow and it did well this season. This aromatic herb has a pungent smell and a subtle peppery taste with a hint of sweetness. 
With just a few ingredients, a couple of minutes and a small food processor, you can make pesto.

Basil Pesto

1/4 cup toasted pine-nuts (or for a twist on the classic version, try substituting toasted almonds.  They are much less expensive.)
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 pinch ground nutmeg
splash of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients. Process until a coarse paste is formed.
Toss with your favorite hot pasta (add a wee bit of pasta water to thin, and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired)

Spread on a roll or baguette, top with tomato slices and a cheese that melts well.  Toast or broil then slice and serve as an appetizer, yummy lunch or side for dinner.


marie said...

Thanks Lorraine! Now I know just what to do with all the Basil I have. It did well in our garden too!
Now I need to decide which to try first...the pasta or the sandwich? Hmmm...they both sound very yummy!

Debbie said...

both of these sound soo good. Now which should I try first? Enjoy your day!

Debbie Huffaker said...

That looks delicious...especially, the toast!!! HOPE the rest of your week is blessed!


I love basil pesto with spaghetti, our fav around the house! Now you got me craving for it, lol.. Thanks for the r├ęcipe pretty lady.
Big hugs,

Susan said...

Oh man, LDH. Those dishes look yummy doodle. Mmm mmm mmm Susan

Winnie said...

You have no idea how much I love Basil-Pesto.
As much as I love salad (and I do!) I don't need the salad for the pesto. I eat it with a teaspoon
LOVE your recipe!!

EMMA said...

I love basil pesto and actually got basil to grow this year. Unfortunately not nearly enough to make pesto, so i've been making mine with mint, spinach and almonds.

lindsey said...

I love basil and I love pesto and that basil toast looks wonderful!

Maryann said...

Pesto is one of my favorites, you make it all look so delicious

Barbara F. said...

Lorraine, I love the addition of nutmeg. Will add it to mine. I saw some beautiful bunches of basil in Trader Joe's, should have bought some for this recipe! I did not plant any this year. xo

Mona said...

Yum yum I love, love pesto...I have some basil on my kitchen counter just begging to be made into pesto..great pictures.
Love, Mona

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Our recipes are so similar except I don't add the nutmeg or lemon juice. I blend it up and then pour it in Icecube trays to freeze and later pop them into ziplock bags so I can take it out whenever I need some. In fact, we are having Pesto Pasta tonight(I'm glad because you made me want to have some).
Thanks for sharing your recipe.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- No- I can't stand it, Lorraine. I was doing pretty good with the food cravings till I hit your blog tonight. That looks MOUTH WATERING! xo Diana

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Great idea to substitute almonds in the pesto. I need to try that before the Japanese Beetles eat all of my beautiful basil!

Gorgeous shots :)

Laurie said...

Not only have you provided a delicious recipe for pesto, Lorraine, but you have illustrated it beautifully!

Blackberry Lane said...

I love the smell of basil. I've never made pesto, but once when I visited John's brother who is a chef, he was making it and their house smelled so good!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Help...it is dinner time and in the few minutes before, I visited your blog and this looks so delicious! Thankfully, you provide an simple method of printing recipes. I will keep this one.

podso said...

Love pesto and this looks so good, not to mention so pretty in the white cup. You are so creative with your photography! Hope you are having a nice weekend!

Susan said...

p.s. Hi LDH. Wanted to say thanks so much for all your visits to my blog. You're a sweetheart and knowing you have taken the time to stop by makes me very, very happy. Susan

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Basil pesto is one of my absolute favorite things!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Everything looks so yummy!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, all these dishes look amazing! I love pesto, but making it fresh must just send everything over the top! I can't wait to try it.

Connie said...

Oh, you have my mouth watering. I'll be trying your recipe.
Thank you.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Deb said...

Thank you for the pesto recipe. It looks wonderful. Deb

janice15 said...

You know I have always wanted to make fresh Pesto but have never got around to looking into a recipe.. Thank you for sharing.. can't wait to try it out.. nice post Happy Sunday with love Janice


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