If you’re a home cook, there’s one thing you should always have: a signature sauce. You should always have friends and family flocking to your table demanding a rich pasta dish or that one sandwich you made last summer they’ve been thinking about ever since. For those who don’t have one in their arsenal yet, we have the simplest basil pesto recipe for you to try. It is easy to make and packed with so much flavor, you’ll have to stop yourself from devouring it all before your dinner guests arrive.
Step 1: Gather and Prepare Ingredients
This recipe calls for:
- 2 ½ cups organic basil leaves
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Since you’re placing all of these ingredients into a food processor, there is no need for crushing or chopping! That is one of the best parts about this recipe. There is no need for any detailed knife work or complexities. You can easily make a restaurant-quality sauce in minutes! It’s all about the ingredients you purchase, which is why we always recommend using fresh grated Parmesan and organic veggies.
Step 2: Mince the Pine Nuts, Basil, and Garlic
Together in a large food processor, toss in the pine nuts, basil leaves, and garlic clothes. You can also use a blender. Blend the ingredients until the consistency is smooth with no large chunks. Be wary of any large garlic pieces especially, as this can be a particular unpleasant bite.
Step 3: Add Olive Oil
Slowly add the olive oil to the food processor or blender. This will allow you to create a smooth, rich sauce that doesn’t separate easily. For blenders, we suggest using an immersion blender so you do not have to pause as you pour the oil and mix it in with the rest of the veggies.
Step 4: Add Cheese
Now you can add your grated parmesan, giving the blender a quick pulse or using the food processor for just a moment. Your cheese will pretty much melt into the mixture, especially if it is finely grated, so you don’t have to worry about any strenuous mixing. After this step, you will be left with the most incredible pesto sauce that can be served on pasta dishes, chicken dishes, or used as a dipping sauce for some nice, crusty bread.
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