Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Home Made Pesto

Pesto is one of those things that you can google and find a million different recipes for, and they are all probably good in their own way. I've been craving a red pepper and pesto chicken sandwich (quite a specific craving eh?) but I didn't want to go somewhere like Paradise Bakery and get it, because, well I just prefer meals that are made by me. That's really the only way I know how my food is prepared, and what is really in it. B loves pesto so I knew this meal would be a home run with him, and I was right :)

One package fresh basil (mine was .66 oz)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
Pinch of salt and pepper
(Note: this recipe is high in fat, but you obviously will only be using a very small amount at a time, so you will be just fine.)

1. Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until you have a pesto texture. 
2. That's it! 

From this point you can do anything you'd like with your pesto, last night I chose to make a bun-less sandwich with roasted red bell pepper, a slice of mozzarella almond cheese and red onion. There is lots of pesto left over so I'm going to attempt a chicken pesto cauliflower pizza later this week... should be interesting! 


  1. I LOVE Pesto, a little goes a long way, and it's good fat! I use walnuts instead of pine nuts, I add Parmesan cheese too... I just planted basil over the weekend, so hopefully I will be making pesto soon.

  2. I made one without nuts the other day to cut down on the fat, it was so good. Probably not technically considered pesto but that's what the recipe called it.

  3. Yum! I love pesto! My mom and aunt usually get together one day in the fall and make a huge batch of pesto for the whole year. We divide it and freeze it in little containers so it's ready to go whenever we need it!!


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