Simple Basil Pesto

If you have been following along on my Instagram for awhile, you know that my garden has been quite fruitful this summer. My basil plants flourished wonderfully leaving me with it coming out of my ears. Most has been picked to add into salads or dried for future use (later post to come). However, this extremely fragrant and delicious way to use basil is one of my favorites and of course a basil staple.

Only a few ingredients, most of which you may have on hand, create a delicious pasta sauce or topping for bread, chicken or fish. By freezing in an ice cube tray, you can pull some out whenever you need it too!

Pair your pesto dish with a buttery, smooth Chardonnay. Dove Hunt Dog is great choice. The hints of lemon and apple are a nice crisp counterbalance to the sweet and garlicky pesto.

Simple Basil Pesto

Recipe by Not So DoughieCourse: EntreeDifficulty: Easy


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serve with pasta, chicken or fish


  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

  • 2/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 cup water

  • salt & pepper


  • Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper into a food processor or blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately or pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, place cubes into a zip lock bag and freeze up to 6 months.


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