Basil Pesto from the Garden

simple basil pesto from the garden you can make at home

Simple Basil Pesto you can make at home

I have been growing basil in my garden for about 10 years now and it was only about 5 years ago it occurred to me that I should make pesto. I mean, I used to buy it in the store all the time! This Basil Pesto from the Garden recipe is gunna have you running out to start your herb garden in no time!

Whatcha gunna need

In this recipe I am made a HUGE batch because I needed to take it with me for a catering event I was a part of. In a normal kitchen situation, you won’t need as much basil as pictured here. You will need a pretty descent bushel of fresh basil, if you don’t grow it, I would suggest at least 3 bunches from your local grocery store. That reason alone is why you ought to grow it yourself. Since fresh basil can be expensive is cheaper to buy the store bought pesto. Once you go fresh pesto though, you’ll never want that store bought stuff again!

  1. Bunch of basil
  2. Sea salt and peppercorns
  3. One 2 oz packet of pine nuts
  4. 1 tsp (or more if you like) of crushed red peppers
  5. 1/8 – 1/4 cup of grated parmesan
  6. Extra virgin olive oil
  7. A food processor or blender

Combine all dry ingredients

Add all your dry ingredients to your food processor or blender, start mixing on high or chop setting. Leave your device on, while your processor or blender is still going, slowly begin adding your extra virgin olive oil until it runs smoothly on it’s own. That’s when the magic starts to happen.

Give it a taste or two and add salt, pepper, and crushed red peppers to your likings. That’s literally all there is to it! Now that I’ve spilled the tea on how easy homemade pesto is, I’m going to layer in another level of flexing by sharing this awesome real life video on how to make it… when you have a boat load of kids. (**insert intense sigh and eye roll here)

Thanks for tuning in, leave me a comment it you plan to try this at home!