Basil Pesto

I am on a bit of a Basil Pesto kick right now! If you are following me on instagram, which you should, you have probably seen the “Greens Pizza” from the Lincoln winebar that I am obsessed with. Well I have been trying to recreate that pizza at home…..all week long! I am getting closer, but the crust is still not quite right…..

This traditional Basil Pesto is perfect mixed into pasta, spread on a sandwich, or as a pizza topping.

This Basil Pesto on the other hand, is absolutely perfect!! This is a pretty straight forward, and readily available recipe. Basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and extra virgin olive oil blended into a thick paste that is perfect mixed with pasta, like this Shrimp Pesto…..

Shrimp Pesto | cookingwithcurls.com

Or spread on a Roast Beef Pesto Panini…..

Roast Beef Pesto Sandwich | cookingwithcurls.com

It is so versatile, and can be used a million different ways! It’s also super simple to make:

Place basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor…..

Basil Pesto ingredients cookingwithcurls.com

Pulse until mixture is finely chopped…..

Basil Pesto Process cookingwithcurls.com

With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until incorporated…..

Basil Pesto oil cookingwithcurls.com

Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week…..

Traditional Basil Pesto  cookingwithcurls.com

I used 2 of those plastic packages of fresh basil that you buy in the produce section, and it was only enough basil leaves to make 1/2 of this recipe {1/2 cup total}. That is enough to make 2 Greens Pizzas…..

Greens Pizza | cookingwithcurls.com

So it looks like I will be heading back to the grocery store to buy more basil and more arugula so I can continue my quest for the perfect Italian pizza crust!!! Any tips for using Italian 00 flour? I need all the help I can get! 🙂

Are you a pesto lover or hater? What else should I try it on? Oooh, I think I see a Shrimp Pesto Pizza in my future. 😉

Enjoy!!

Basil Pesto

Serves 1 cup
Prep time 15 minutes
Meal type Condiment
This traditional Basil Pesto is perfect mixed into pasta, spread on a sandwich, or as a pizza topping.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups fresh basil leaves (packed)
  • 2 Large garlic cloves (smashed)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper

Directions

Place basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor.
Pulse until mixture is finely chopped.
With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil until incorporated.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!

Comments

  1. says

    I love basil pesto, but I’ve never made it for myself. Kind of weird since I make other pestos fairly regularly. 😛 Thanks for sharing this. I’m pinning this in anticipation of warmer weather when the basil overfloweth.

    Also, I’ve never had good luck with thin, Italian style crust at home. I’ve never lived with an oven that got hot enough to get the right texture, so I’ve always had to settle for a bit more fluff in my home made crusts.
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  2. Susan says

    My oldest daughter is a huge pesto fan. I can’t wait to surprise her with homemade pesto. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

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