Fresh Basil Pesto-just a few ingredients and you’ve got a fresh pesto, perfect as a spread or use in your favorite dishes, pasta, fish, chicken and more!
I have a confession. I have a black thumb. I know this, my family knows this. If a plant can’t grow well with neglect, then keep it away from me. The plant people at the nurseries can swear up and down “just stick it in a hole and it’ll grow. I’ve taken that dare and proved them all wrong.
In the strange event a plant does start to thrive, inevitably it’ll get run over by the lawn mower.
I’m worse with house plants. You have to water those. I might try to keep up with the watering for a week or two but then, sitting over on the windowsill, out of sight, yup, don’t get me house plants.
The exception to this rule seems to be Herbs!
It started last year. Just like always, we bought a few plants to kill. You know, tomatoes, peppers. Things we could grow in containers. Just a couple, we know we’re not farmers.
Two months later, the tomatoes and peppers are pitiful. Not one edible veggie among them. The basil though, it’s doing pretty good. Content that we’ve fulfilled our role as plant killers for the season, we just let everything die a peaceful death. But not the Basil, it continues to thrive.
Maybe my thumb isn’t so black after all.
I’m able to keep my family happy all summer long with fresh pesto.
My son has fallen in love with Pesto. While my youngest will go for a spoon of peanut butter, and my middle one will go for cheese, my son goes for the pesto.
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- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic or 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Using a food processor, combine basil, garlic and nuts. Pulse a few times for a rough chop. Add in 1/2 cup olive oil and process until desired consistency, adding more oil if needed.
- Stir in parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Store in refrigerator and stir well before using.
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