If you’re buying store bought pesto because you think it’s going to be a huge undertaking to make your own, stop! Homemade pesto is actually very easy to make. All you need are a couple of key ingredients.
I love it because it’s so fresh and flavorful and can be incorporated into tons of dishes. You can also freeze it and pull it out as you need it if you’re not using it right away. If you do freeze it I recommend putting it in resealable plastic sandwich bags so you can thaw it out later. Once thawed you can cut off a piece of the corner of the bag and squeeze the pesto right into your food. Easy!
The primary ingredient in pesto is Basil. If you don’t have a Basil plant you should buy one. Many of the grocery stores now sell them right in the produce section so they’re very easy to find. Just think, having a Basil plant in your house means you can make pesto any time you want.
In terms of kitchen gadgets, I’d recommend a food processor. The food processor will allow you to get just the right consistency. If you don’t already have one the Ninja Chopper is great. This little gadget makes my life in the kitchen so much easier.
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- 1 Cup Fresh Basil
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 4 Tbsp Pine Nuts (optional)
- 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
- 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (extra oil may be necessary)
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Add the basil, garlic cloves, pine nuts, grated parmesan, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to a food processor or blender.
- Pulse the food processor to break down the ingredients. You want the ingredients to be combined but you don’t want them fully incorporated.
- If the Pesto is still thick, continue to add more Olive Oil (one tsp at a time) until you get the right consistency.
- You may omit the pine nuts from this Pesto recipe if you have an allergy.
Recipe provided by SimpleeKitchen.com
If you would like store your Pesto for future use you can refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week. If you would rather freeze it I'd recommend doing so in a resealable plastic sandwich bag(s). When you're ready to use the pesto unthaw and cut off a corner of the bag to squeeze it into your favorite dish.