Simple Homemade Fresh Pesto

Homemade Pesto

I am thrilled about our fresh herbs growing right now. We planted them in hanging baskets a few weeks ago, so they’re plentiful at the perfect time. During this quarantine they have been a lifesaver (one less thing to purchase at the store). This Simple Homemade Fresh Pesto recipe is so easy to make and takes only 5 minutes. Toss fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan, olive oil, salt and a touch of a fresh lemon juice in a blender or food processor. It is that simple.

I have been making this Homemade Pesto recipe lately on a weekly basis. Friends often ask me. What do you use basil for besides on pasta or on a tomato, basil, mozzarella salad? Here are a few suggestions:

•To add to pasta with grilled chicken or shrimp

•To serve on top of grilled or roasted flounder, snapper or salmon

•To add on top of avocado toast

•To puree in soups

•To use as a base for homemade pizza

•To spice up a fresh salad

Basil is packed with nutrients. It is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese, iron, calcium and antioxidants. Basil is also an anti-inflammatory food so it can also help individuals with inflammatory health problems such as  arthritis. Some studies also say that eating basil can help with acne and help protect the skin from some effects of aging.