Pesto Sauce brings that perfect amount of extra flavor a recipe needs. A delicious blend of basil, parsley, olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and garlic. You can practically use it on everything and it only takes 5 minutes to make!
Pesto Sauce is the most adaptable recipe out there! Basil Pesto Sauce is perfect as a pasta sauce, marinade, sandwich spread or even dipping sauce!
A classic Pesto Sauce is one of the most verstile condiments out there. Made with a core of basil, garlic, olive oil and cheese, there are a great many variations. I like to include a little bit of parsley to make for a vibrant green.Sometimes I substitute walnuts instead of pine nuts, or leave them out for my friends with nut allergies.
For a spicer pesto, I add some chile peppers or dried crushed red pepper. Pesto also lasts for a long time! Canned the shelf life is at least a year, you can also freeze it in ice cube trays or just leave it in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.
How to make pesto? I have to say it’s actually one of the easiest recipes out there. All you need is a food processor, a handful of ingredients, and 5 minutes of your time. You just pulse your pine nuts until it’s a thick paste, then you add the rest of your ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth. That’s it!
Pesto can be served on pasta, used as a marinade for any meat or seafood, tossed into a salad, spread on bread or basted onto vegetables. Other variations include spicy by adding crushed red pepper or onion, citrus by adding lemon zest and juice or sweet by adding sugar. The possibilities are vast, so get creative and make your own version. I’d love to hear what you come up with in the comments section!
If you liked this basil pesto recipe, check out these other easy recipes that use pesto sauce:
- Layered Two Pesto and Ricotta Dip
- Lemony Artichoke Pesto with Pasta
- Tomato and Pesto Pizza
- Smoked Salmon Pesto Crackers
Tools for making Pesto Sauce:
Pesto Sauce made with pine nuts, fresh basil and parsley is perfect as a pasta sauce, marinade, sandwich spread or even dipping sauce. Pesto Sauce also freezes well and can be canned.
Servings: 1 cup
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan Reggiano cheese grated
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves packed
- 1/4 cup flat parsley packed
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Fine sea salt and pepper
Place pine nuts in a large food processor. Pulse until a paste forms.
Add remaining ingredients. Pulse until a grainy pesto is formed.
Toss with pasta, make pesto bread, use a marinade for chicken or fish, or use as a salad dressing. This can be refrigerated for up to a week.