Homemade pesto – how to make easy pesto with just five ingredients. You can make delicious homemade pesto in only 10 minutes.
I have found that when it comes to cooking, there are basically three types of people. There are people who just don’t want to do it. They have zero interest and tend to not even read recipe posts on blogs. There are people who want their hands held and told exactly what measurements are needed in a recipe. And then there are people who want a basic guideline and then given the freedom to personalize.
I’m sorry anal retentive measuring junkies, this recipe is going to give you flop sweat. In my eyes, homemade pesto is more of an art than a science. For me, it comes down to five ingredients – nuts, basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil. It all goes into a food processor/ blender and within seconds you have a delicious sauce that will change your life and make you a kitchen hero. The recipe listed below is more of a guideline and contains only loose measurements. Just go with it. Be breezy.
Homemade pesto is as easy as:
One – toast some nuts. Giggle.
Two – blend that ish
Three – Enjoy it.
May I recommend smearing some on a Savory Puff Pastry Sandwich Bake?
Pesto is a sauce that is best served in small quantities. There is a reason that grocery stores sell it in teeny tiny jars – a little goes a long way. And yikes, those jars are pricey! I like to put my pesto in a covered ice cube tray until frozen solid, and then transfer them to a freezer ziploc. For larger quantities, I freeze homemade pesto in 4 oz mason jars.
As summer winds down, the rain is making its presence known. With rain comes the end of many crops. Our basil will soon be covered with black spots and no longer edible. Before that happens, I make pesto. Pesto makes me feel like a magician. In just a few minutes, I take fresh basil and turn it into an amazing and versatile sauce. Pesto change-o!
Homemade pesto - how to make easy pesto with just five ingredients. You can make delicious homemade pesto in only 10 minutes.
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 1/4 cup nuts (almonds, cashew, pine nuts, walnuts)
- shredded or grated parmesan to taste
- 4 cloves garlic
- olive oil to taste
In a heavy skillet on medium, toast nuts with a drizzle of olive oil until they are warm and fragrant.
In a food processor, blend the first four ingredients until everything is in very small pieces. Scrape the sides. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until the mixture has come together.