My homemade recipe for traditional basil pesto. Pesto Genovese or classic basil pesto is delicious on EVERYTHING!
Keepin’ it simple for the midweek recipes. ✌️
And nothing is easier (or tastier) than traditional homemade pesto. This is my favorite recipe for it, and I don’t take my pesto lightly. It took some time for me to perfect my pesto and bring on my ‘A’ game. But the whole process was so worth it when I added in a dollop to my mediterranean pasta salad and it tasted BETTER than the restaurant I was inspired by. And hey! hello! Breakfast pizza with eggs and pesto genovese makes me wanna JUMP out of bed. ???
It’s a classic basil pesto with ingredients like pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, basil, lemon juice — and lemon zest. Never used lemon zest in your pesto before? It’s not an ingredient you’ll find in many other basil pesto recipes. But boy, oh boy does the lemon zest really help brighten that pesto right up. A whole new depth of flavor is just waiting to be unlocked.
My friend, can we talk about those teeny tiny jars of basil pesto we tell ourselves we NEED for around $5 and, if you are anything like me, are gone in under 2 days. This recipe will make you a TON for that same price and it allows you to control what goes in. I like to grab those organic basil boxes at Trader Joe’s and use those to make my pesto. And who doesn’t love the fact that there are ZERO preservatives? Even if you aren’t too particular about that sort of thing, it’s a good feeling to know EXACTLY what’s in your food.
Speaking of food, have you tried those cashew clusters from Costco? Holy guacamole! I couldn’t believe what my mouth was experiencing. Cashews, almonds, and pumpkin seeds all rolled around in a honey-like flavor and crunchy to the maxx. Gah! I swear I dreamt about them last night. ?
But back to the point. Not only is this recipe simple, it’s also quick to pull together. All you really need is a food processor so you can blend everything together. Sometimes I like to add a pinch of red pepper flakes to help build more flavor in my basil pesto, but this is entirely up to you and it’s not an ingredient you have to use.
There are countless ways to use homemade pesto at home but just for fun i’ll name a few:
Okay, so go make this pesto because Fri-yay, i’m sharing a recipe with it that you have go to make.
My homemade recipe for traditional basil pesto. Pesto Genovese is delicious on EVERYTHING!
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