MAKE: Basil Pesto


I planted a bunch of basil this summer because I looooooove pesto. A basic pesto just takes a few simple ingredients–basil, garlic, nuts and olive oil. I normally add parmesan cheese but this batch is for a vegan pal so no cheese. If you make this a few times it’s easy to adjust to your taste. Some recipes have more/less olive oil, some call for more/less nuts. Pesto is super easy as it’s very forgiving in that you’re easily able to adjust ingredients as you go. I made minor edits to this recipe from Paleo Leap:

  • 2 packed cups fresh basil leaves;
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil;
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (optional);
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (Cashews and walnuts also make a nice pesto);
  • 4 garlic cloves (more/less depending on your love of garlic), minced;
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Put the basil, garlic and nuts in a strong blender or food processor and pulse until everything is chopped. (I don’t have a food processor so I always use a Vitamix blender.)
  2. Add the olive oil and Parmesan, if using, and pulse again until smooth. (For vegan-friendly just omit.)
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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