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Fresh homemade basil pesto is vibrant, colourful, flavourful and extremely easy to make at home in just 5 minutes with a few ingredients. | aheadofthyme.com

Basil Pesto


  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Fresh homemade basil pesto is vibrant, colourful, flavourful and extremely easy to make at home in just 5 minutes with a few ingredients.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (or cashews)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juicefreshly squeezed 
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan. Pulse mix until well combined, about 1 minute. Then, add salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  2. Slowly pour in olive oil while mixing on low speed until fully combined. You can stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor occasionally to help mix evenly.
  3. Transfer the pesto sauce into a bowl and serve immediately. You can serve with extra olive oil on top.

Notes

How to store: Store basil pesto sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

How to freeze: Store basil pesto in an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. You can also portion out the pesto into an ice cube mold and freeze. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer bag.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Italian

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