In all seriousness, this has changed my level of “chef worthiness” in the eyes of friends and family. My husband swears I could make millions off of just this Pesto recipe! Of course I am still just a wanna-be cook…but this simple Pesto recipe could fool the best of them! The simplicity and the quality of the ingredients is what makes it so fantastic. Oddly enough, this recipe came to be after searching for several recipes online. After realizing I didn’t have most of the ingredients the recipes called for, I decided to wing it. After all, I had fresh basil, pine nuts and olive oil…what more could I need. The answer, NOT a lot!! This recipe doesn’t even have cheese!
Best-o Pesto Ever…
Ingredients: Yields approx. 2 cups of Pesto
4 cups loosely packed Fresh Basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup almonds or walnuts
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups good Olive Oil
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Pulse the garlic and nuts in a food processor for about 20 seconds until combined as in picture. Add the basil, salt and pepper and most of olive oil. Blend for about a minute. Add additional olive oil until desired consistency. Done!
This is absolutely delicious on fresh baked bread, pasta, fish, chicken, crackers…you name it. If you simply can’t fathom a pesto recipe without cheese, then by all means, add a 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese during the last step in food processor. To freeze (and yes, these make awesome holiday gifts in mason jars w/ a box of pasta!!), top with a tablespoon of olive oil. Enjoy!
A FEW VARIATIONS:
- Use only one kind of nut or mix several. If I don’t have pine nuts, I use almonds and it still taste fabulous!
- Don’t have quite enough basil, add some other fresh greens like parsley or cilantro (as long as the majority is basil).
- Get creative! Add a small handful of sundried tomatoes to the mix, yum!
- Add a 1/2 cup of your favorite cheese.
Please share your unique variations in the comments!