Basil is a strong and aromatic herb which offers a lot of health benefits. You can use the basil plants at your home and make a delicious pesto from it. The pesto can be made easily at home and will be a healthier substitute that can be used and paired up with a variety of things. Pesto is a sauce which made from fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts or walnuts and cheese. The puree of the basil pesto is made by blending the ingredients together and then the puree is stirred in olive oil. Instead of extra virgin olive oil use pure olive oil as that is more refined oil.

The basil pesto is super fresh, herbal, garlicky and nutritious. You cans serve the pesto on pasta, noodles, pizza, sandwiches and so much more. If you freeze and thaw the basil leaves first it will make even a better pesto.

Pluck the freshest basil leaves from your summer gardens. Rinse and dry them and make yourself a delicious pesto. Pine nuts are the traditional choice for making the delicious pesto but you can also use walnuts. Parmesan is the salty and creamy cheese which gives the creamy texture and taste to the pesto. Garlic is also a traditional component which adds an aromatic flavour to the pesto making it more delicious.

What you require?

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of walnuts
  • ¾ cup of freshly grated cheese like Romano cheese or Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • Salt to taste

How to make Basil Pesto?

  1. Place the basil leaves and the walnuts in the food processor and pulse it a few times thoroughly.
  2. Add the cheese and blend it thoroughly a few times more.
  3. While the food processor is still running keep on adding olive oil in a steady small stream. This will help it emulsify and help keep the olive oil from separating.
  4. Add some salt and black pepper according to your taste in the mix.

You can use this delicious blend with a variety of meals. It will be a healthier dip for your chips and healthier sauce for your pizza or pasta.
Also instead of using pine nuts you can use walnuts for making the delicious pesto sauce. Any sort of green can be used instead of the basil like parsley, mint, spinach or kale. One of the added advantages of adding olive oil is that you can control the consistency of the sauce. If you are planning to use the pesto for pasta you want it to be a bit thinner but if you are using it as a dip or a spread then it can be thick.

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