Friday recipe: pesto

July 16, 2010 —

It’s way too hot to think about cooking anything, so this week’s recipe doesn’t involve the oven. I love pesto on just about anything: sandwiches, pasta, bread, even pizza. I especially love making it with fresh basil from my herb garden.

I’ve heard that you can leave out the cheese and freeze prepared pesto in ice cube trays. Then you have individual servings of pesto ready whenever you want!


1 packed cup of basil leaves
2 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
dash of kosher salt

DirectionsPut basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and salt in food processor. Blend until they form a green paste (add more olive oil if necessary). Once you have it to the desired consistency stir in Parmesan cheese. Double or triple the recipe depending on how much basil you have!


  • Carol Servulo

    So Delicious…..

    Thank you for Sharing!!!!!

  • car wrap pro

    Thanks for the recipe. Even the picture makes me hungry. This article triggered my Pavlovian response . lol . Thank you

  • recessed lighting tips

    Hm…. It seem delicious. As Andrea feels this pesto will be very nice combined on just about anything: sandwiches, pasta, bread, even pizza. Yummy, let’s try

    Thank for sharing Andrea :D

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  • GTA 5

    It’s so nice, I love that with pasta! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Tea

    I love pesto!

  • Online College Courses

    This sounds absolutely delicious and looks fairly easy enough to make by myself. I’ve always loved pesto but I hated to buy the pre-made jars sold at Safeway because it never tastes fresh! I’m excited to try this out

  • Afriqiyah

    This is a cool summer recipe that is prepared without an oven. It is really interesting to get such a pesto preparation from you. Andrea’s recipes have always been outstanding with something special in them. Since this a raw preparation, the churning need to be done carefully and the ingredient have to be put in the right amount.

  • guar suppliers

    thanks Andrea, looks yum, can’t resist to make my own. thanks for share.

  • Alex

    I`ve never seen a pasta looking green actually :)

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    Absolutely delicious . thank you for sharing. More recipes to come?

  • Logo Design

    I love pesto too and it’s good to see it being mentioned and talked about in your post.Pesto is definitely a good option in summer as it doesn’t require much effort to prepare it.I mainly like to have it with sandwiches but with pizzas..not bad either.Thanks.take care.

  • digee

    Must be very healty, but how about taste?

  • Karen the Lice Shampoo Expert

    As a business owner and busy Mother of two, I always keep pesto on hand. This is a great basic pesto recipe. You can even freeze pesto in small quantities and keep them in the freezer. Just thaw and add to your favorite recipies. It is great on pasta of course, but try other items such as pizza, burgers and sandwiches. Pesto adds a perfect amount of zest to these dishes.