Basil Pesto Sauce

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! #pestorecipe #basilpesto #pestosauce www.savoryexperiments.com

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.

Hot Caprese Dip is a party appetizer favorite using mozzarella, pesto and sweet tomatoes. An easy appetizer your guests will love! #capresedip #capresesalad #partyappetizers www.savoryexperiments.com
Hot Caprese Dip with Pesto

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 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.

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,┬ácitrus 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!

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.If you liked this basil pesto recipe, check out these other easy recipes that use pesto sauce:

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! #pestorecipe #basilpesto #pestosauce www.savoryexperiments.com

 

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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.
Basil Pesto Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
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.
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil pesto sauce, homemade pesto
Servings: 4
Calories: 172 kcal
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Place pine nuts in a large food processor. Pulse until a paste forms.
  2. Add parmesan reggiano cheese, garlic, basil, parsley, olive oil, fine salt and pepper. Pulse until a grainy pesto is formed.

  3. 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.
  4. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Nutrition Facts
Basil Pesto Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Potassium 118mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 19.6%
Vitamin C 9.8%
Calcium 7.6%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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