the baker upstairs: Fresh Basil Pesto

4.07.2016

Fresh Basil Pesto

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This fresh basil pesto is made with only five ingredients and is so flavorful and delicious!

This fresh basil pesto is made with only five ingredients and is so flavorful and delicious!

So, although I have been blessed with many talents, the ability to care for a plant without killing it is not one of them. It's something I'm hoping to work on, since eventually I would love to have an awesome garden (you know, someday, when we move out of this crappy tiny apartment and have a home of our own). For now, I've started with a small basil plant in our kitchen. Fresh basil is one of my very favorite smells, and I love having it on hand to add to dishes while I'm cooking. I bought an inexpensive basil plant at Walmart in January, and (wonder of wonders!) I have actually kept it alive since then!

This fresh basil pesto is made with only five ingredients and is so flavorful and delicious!

This week, I realized that I may have actually done too good a job, and my basil plant was overflowing with leaves. It was time to make pesto! I used to make pesto pretty regularly, but I haven't made it in several years (I think it's just too easy to buy the jar at Costco...). I had forgotten how easy it was to make, and how delicious! Somehow the basil flavor shines through a little better to me in the homemade version, and I like that I can adjust it a little depending on my mood at the moment. If you haven't made your own pesto before, it's definitely a must make!

This fresh basil pesto is made with only five ingredients and is so flavorful and delicious!

Fresh Basil Pesto

1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil

Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. Add additional olive oil as needed to reach a smooth consistency. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for three months.

This fresh basil pesto is made with only five ingredients and is so flavorful and delicious!

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