Pesto should always be homemade!
Why, you ask? I will tell you...
Reason #1: You can make pesto sauce for about half the price
of what it costs in the store!
That's right! Did you k/now that Trader Joe's sells ORGANIC basil in a large clamshell for $2!? Crazy! (The more I find there, the more I love T.J's!)
With most of this, you can make a good amount of sauce, and have a few leaves
left over for a another recipe.
Reason #2: No preservatives!
I'm on a quest to try to eliminate most all preservatives from the food we eat. I must confess, we're not super strict, but we are slowing learning and getting better about this. Wherever you can eliminate fake preservatives you can't pronounce, that's is a very good thing, am I right?
Reason #3: It tastes amazing!!!
You can make it how you like! Do you want no or little salt?
You can't take the salt out of a jar.
So, before I give you the recipe, this is the kind of thing you can eyeball.
You can measure if you want... but part of the fun is testing to see what
needs a little extra boost.
Easy Pesto Recipe
Lots of basil, about 1 cup
A couple tablespoons of olive oil (more to thin)
A few dashes of salt and pepper to taste
a clove or two of garlic (or more, if you have garlic madness like me!)
add 1/4 to 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (optional, if none, you might add a little extra salt)
add pine nuts if you want (again, optional, about 1/4 cup)
Put basil and olive oil together in a food processor, and blend well.
Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend again.
Blend it all in, and you're done!
I promise the rest of my recipes will not be this... abstract, if you will.
Sometimes, I just like to not measure! How about you?
I highly recommend this in a mozzarella, tomato, and pesto sandwich on toasted sourdough. Doesn't that sound divine on a Spring-turning-into-summer day? Mmmm...
Now I know what I'm having for lunch.
Please note that this recipe was adapted and tweaked from the original recipe at
I like experimenting and making things my own, but let's also give credit where credit is due.
It's called Karma, people!