Last week, Jada and I made some pesto from our fresh basil for the first time. We don’t really ever eat pesto, just ’cause it’s so darn expensive to buy! But after making it in a matter of minutes, and seeing how easy it is to whip up and how delicious it tastes, I’m gonna make every excuse I can find to use more of this stuff in our meals. Especially seeing as we have basil coming out of our ears at the moment!
I know the picture doesn’t exactly make it look appetizing, but those of you who have actually tasted pesto know how truly tasty it is. It’s especially good tossed with pasta, which is how we ate our first batch. And I must say, it was somewhat satisfying knowing that what we were eating was fresh from our garden and full of nothing but good stuff.
Here is the recipe I used. Personally, I thought it was just a tad bit too tangy (less lemon juice next time?), though Jerry said it was delicious just the way it was.
- 1 1/2 c. fresh basil leaves
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
- 1/8 c. lemon juice
- 1/8 c. olive oil
Put the basil, garlic, and cheese into a blender or food processor and mix well. Pour in the lemon juice and olive oil, and mix again until well blended.
And that’s it! The original recipe called for pine nuts, but I didn’t have any, and I’m all about omitting expensive ingredients anyways.
Now that I know how to make pesto, I’m wondering what else besides pasta I can serve it on? I’d love to know how you use pesto, and if you have a favorite recipe to share!!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.