Today I want to share one of my FAVORITE foods to make! Pesto! I love making homemade pesto in my food processor. It is seriously so easy and takes only a few seconds to make. Just throw all the ingredients in and grind up until smooth. There are a million different ways you can make it too.
Let’s start with learning the basics…
Here is a Traditional Pesto Recipe:
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan-Reggiano cheese (about 2 ounces)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 teaspoons
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Now let’s mix it up a bit with a not as common pesto recipe…
Pistachio- Spinach Pesto:
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
How to make your own Pesto Creations:
Pesto recipes always includes these staple ingredients….
- Olive oil (add until smooth or about1/4 cup)
- Garlic (depending on the size of the clove about 2-3)
The rest is up to you!
- Choose something green….basil, spinach, arugula, collard greens, kale, etc. Use about 2 cups of greens.
- Choose something cheesy…typically parmesan or Italian cheeses, nutritional yeast (dairy-free). Use about 1/4 cup of cheese.
- Choose something nutty…pine nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pistachios, almonds, etc. Use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of nuts.
- Cayenne Pepper
- Red pepper – (skip the green all together and this will be the base)
- Sun-dried Tomatoes
I don’t even follow a recipe anymore…I suggest following one to start though to make sure all the flavors balance. I have a bad habit of adding too much garlic and when you use arugula too. Bam! Now that has a bite.
- Use unsalted nuts. If you are using parmesan that will give it enough salty flavor and you can always add in our own. I have used salted nuts and it gets too salty for me.
- If you use arugula, I suggest balancing it out with something else. I suggest adding spinach/basil or avocado. Unless you like the bite…then by all means. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. haha
- If you don’t have a food processor, use a high powered blender. I have made pesto in my Ninja and that works just as well. It might not be as smooth, but it will still taste just as good!!
Pesto Recipe Ideas:
- Flatbread pesto pizza
- Stuffed Pepper Chicken Pesto Quinoa
- Pesto Chicken Salad
- Avocado Pesto Pasta
- Baked Chicken topped with Pesto. MM
What are your favorite Pesto recipes? I would love to hear about your favorite recipes and pesto creations. Post a comment below!
‘Til next time!