I’m loving my basil plant right now. It’s being so generous that I’ve already made my favorite pesto recipe several times. Check out the recipe below. Plus, watch the video to learn how to plant and prune basil.
I love this recipe because it’s versatile. You can add it to grilled chicken breast, mix it with pasta, or spread it on bread to enjoy. Already have a favorite pesto recipe? Make this easy basil chicken recipe that Julia shared awhile back.
1/4 cup pine nuts (walnuts or almonds)
10 cloves of garlic
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups good olive oil
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Place the nuts and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper and process. Slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and continue processing until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute or until well mixed.
Serve immediately, or store for later use. A reader suggested preserving herbs by freezing them. You can also freeze pesto.