Keeping a jar of homemade basil pesto within reach has its own perks. While it feels yummy to this Italian sauce by the spoonful, it can also turn any dish into a culinary beauty. Toss it with pasta, slather it on sandwiches or simply serve it as a dip with crackers, basil pesto comes out as clear winner. Though I stuck to the classic recipe, you may switch the Parmesan with creamier ricotta cheese or add cilantro leaves for aromatic whiff. Each time basil pesto will shine; no contest!
Step by Step Photos: Homemade Basil Pesto
1. Combine all ingredients to the blender and process.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1/3 cup
- basil leaves - 1 oz
- clove garlic - 1
- pine nuts - 2 tbsp
- Parmesan cheese - 1/3 cup
- salt - 1/2 tsp
- black pepper - pinch
- extra virgin olive oil - 3-4 tbsp
- Combine all ingredients to the blender and process.