Best Recipe Ideas: Basil Homemade Pesto

Dear Alice,

Today I will share with you a tasty pesto recipe to enjoy with pasta or spaghetti for a fast lunch or a fast dinner.

Since this year we started to care for our own plants on our terrace, and since this came to us with a big reward, and that is we do have a lot of plants on our terrace, including herbs and berries or tomatoes. So this year I started to cook and to experience a lot of new recipes I did not experiment till now. One of them is the basil pesto recipe: I must admit I never prepare any pesto at home, I always bought it from the supermarkets, but this year since we had a wide range of herbs on our terrace including basil, I decided to give it a try. So here is my recipe for the basil homemade pesto:

  • Ingredients
    • 100 grams Fresh Basil
    • 50 grams Walnuts
    • 50 grams Pine Nuts
    • Juice from Half a Lemon
    • 1 Clove of Jumbo Garlic
    • 100 ml Olive Oil
    • Salt and pepper for seasoning.

      Our basil on the terrace this year! Amazingly we got so much basil we did not know how to preserve it, so we decide to have some homemade pesto made with it! Love our terrace!

  • Preparation
    1. Peel the basil leaves from the basil branch and washing it with cold water.
    2. Mix the basil leaves with the oil, the walnuts, the pine nuts, the lemon juice, the garlic and the olive oil in a bowl. Use a mixer to mash all the components until you get a smooth pesto composition.
    3. Add the pesto in small glass jars and close them with lids.
    4. Add the jars in a pot with boiling water and cook the jars for 30 minutes at medium heat. This step is needed so as to preserve the pesto for longer time as a couple of months.
    5. Usually if you use cheese in your pesto, then this will not last longer than 2 to 3 months. After opening the pesto jars, keep them in the fridge.

Enjoy the recipe and sincerely yours,