'/> Sharing My Joy: Recipe: Homemade Pesto

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Recipe: Homemade Pesto

This summer I attempted to grow my own herbs and tomatoes on my back porch. I obviously chose basil as one of the herbs and it has done really well! While thinking of ideas of ways to use my basil, pesto was the first thing to come to mind. Pesto is so easy to make and such a versatile ingredient to use in so many dishes.

I roughly followed Gimme Some Oven's pesto guide as a start, and it turned out great! I love my new Cuisinart food processor that I got this spring and have been looking for new things to try in it.

Use pesto with anything and everything! After I made this, I used it as a sauce with pasta, mixed it in with quinoa and tomatoes, and used as a condiment with a turkey burger. There are also so many variations within (with spinach, arugula, etc), I'm looking forward to trying out some different versions!


3 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a food processor, blend together basil, nuts, garlic, and cheese. Pour in oil while still mixing, and add in salt and pepper.

What is your favorite way to eat pesto?


  1. I like to put pesto on 'gourmet' grilled cheeses--sourdough bread, mozzarella, and tomato. I'll have to keep this recipe in mind!

    Congrats on the blog! :)

    1. Thanks Jaimie! Glad you found it :) I'm still teaching myself as I go, but it's fun! That grilled cheese sounds amazing... may have to try that soon!! xo