This Simple Homemade Fresh Pesto recipe is so easy to make and takes only 5 minutes to prepare. Toss together 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 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. They have been a lifesaver (one less thing to purchase at the store). Honestly, 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:
•Add to pasta with grilled chicken or shrimp
•Serve on top of grilled or roasted flounder, snapper or salmon
•Add on top of avocado toast
•Blend or puree in soups
•Use as a base for homemade pizza
•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.
3 cups packed fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1. In an electric blender or food processor container, combine basil, garlic, Parmesan, pine nuts, salt and lemon juice. Pulse with until mixture is combined. Add olive oil in a slow steady stream while continuing to blend to a smooth paste. Serve over whole wheat pasta or store in the refrigerator for up to one week.