Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Homemade Basil Pesto SauceThe ultimate homemade basil pesto sauce–straight forward, packed with flavor and ready in 15 minutes. My kitchen window planter is overflowing with basil leaves, so tossed some other ingredients from the fridge/pantry and created totally delicious and simple homemade Basil Pesto recipe. I make jars of pesto sauce in summer (when basil is in abundance in the market) and freeze it either in jars or in ice cube trays. Once they are frozen put them in a plastic bag (zip-lock bag) and this way we enjoy pesto sauce for the entire year 🙂

Basil can be substituted with spinach to make spinach pesto, Tastes great! Likewise walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds are good pine-nut replacement. As per one’s preference you can make this with less oil, but the extra oil makes it much smoother. It was a little chunkier so added some lemon juice to thin it out and to preserve it better.

Basil pesto a versatile topping for pasta, sandwiches and pizzas.

fresh basil leaves

MY KITCHEN WINDOW BASIL PLANT

Recipe Source – Epicurious.com

Homemade Pesto Sauce
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Quick and easy 15 minute recipe of pesto sauce that is a great topping for pasta, pizza and sandwiches.
Servings Prep Time
1 CUP 5 MINUTES
Cook Time
10 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
1 CUP 5 MINUTES
Cook Time
10 MINUTES
Homemade Pesto Sauce
Votes: 4
Rating: 4.5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Quick and easy 15 minute recipe of pesto sauce that is a great topping for pasta, pizza and sandwiches.
Servings Prep Time
1 CUP 5 MINUTES
Cook Time
10 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
1 CUP 5 MINUTES
Cook Time
10 MINUTES
INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cup Fresh Basil leaves with few soft stems
  • 2/3 -3/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Pinenuts (Chilgoza)
  • 2/3 cup Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly grounded Black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste
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METHOD
  1. Assemble all the ingredients. Clean and wash Basil leaves.
  2. In a food processor/blender combine basil leaves with
  3. Cloves of garlic and pine-nuts...
  4. Add crushed black peppercorns....
  5. Add salt...
  6. Add 1/3 cup of Olive oil and save the other 1/3 cup olive oil and lemon juice..
  7. Blend everything together until smooth. Add shredded cheese and the remaining olive oil and give it a final churn.
  8. Adjust your seasonings and homemade pesto sauce is ready.
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4 Responses

  1. Jay Sitapara says:

    Hello Ruchi, I am visiting here for the first time and I’m already in love with your culinary skills. Simply amazing can’t expect more! 🙂 you’ve got everything I was looking for.

  2. Supriya says:

    Hi Ruchi,
    I feel compelled (in the very best way!) to leave a long comment about how much I enjoy your blog (I am a regular visitor and admirer), your beautiful and well explained writing, your every time successful yummy recipe collections( not a single failed one)… all of which I mean wholeheartedly!

    Your basil recipe is out of this world:) Made pesto pasta and the sauce was perfect not to overpowering. Thanks girl!!

    • RK says:

      Thanks you for such a wonderful comment Supriya!! Thant’s so sweet of you. I am glad you are enjoying my recipes..Thanks for stopping by and will see you around on the blog:)

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