How To: Make Pesto
Making fresh, homemade pesto is so easy, fresh and delicious!
// Yields: 2 cups
3 cups Basil, fresh packed leaves
Baking & Spices
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cloves Garlic
Oils & Vinegars Nuts & Seeds
1/2 cup Olive oil, extra-virgin 1/2 cup Pine Nuts
1/2 cup Parmesan
In a food processor or blender, blend together basil, nuts, garlic, and cheese. Pour in oil slowly while still mixing, and then add in salt and pepper. Scrape down the sides and pulse once more to make sure it's well-blended.
// Possible Substitutes
*Note that you may need to vary the amounts, as some of these ingredients function differently than those in the recipe.
For basil: herbs (parsley, cilantro, sage, mint, tarragon, dill, etc.), greens (spinach, arugula, etc.), veggies (asparagus, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, etc.)
For pine nuts: walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, hemp seeds, etc.
For parmesan: romano, asiago, nutritional yeast, etc.
Other add-ins: spices (cayenne, chile powder, ginger, nutmeg, paprika, special salts/peppers, etc.), fresh ginger, etc.