Pesto – Simple and Delicious

This is my go to pesto recipe.  LOVE it!!


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3-4 cloves medium-large garlic, unpeeled, for toasting purposes.  (Sometimes I forget and toast with the skins off.  Still works.)
1/2 cup toasted almonds
1-2 cups basil
1 cup parsley (I rarely use the parsley.  Basil is my flavor.  Therefore, 2 cups basil.)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 – 3/4 cup Olive Oil (depends on the consistency you desire)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (I use up to 1 cup.  We like cheesiness, too!)
salt & pepper


1.  Toast the garlic in a small, dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until softened and spotty brown.  It take 5-8 minutes.  When cool, remove and discard skins.
2.  Toast the nuts in a medium, dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently (I burned the first batch, pay attention!) until golden and fragrant, 4-5 minutes.  Cool the nuts.
3.  In a food processor place ingredients, except the parmesan cheese, and process until smooth.  Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and stir in the parmesan; season to taste with salt and pepper.  

We like to mix with pasta or use as a base for pizza.  What about YOU?

One thought on “Pesto – Simple and Delicious

  1. Grow, Green Goddess, Grow!

    Have never tried using almonds in my pesto……MUST try both your method and ingredients!

    ps. Basil loves full sun and moist (not wet) soil. Move to an outdoor location as soon as the weather out there permits.

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