I love basil.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, this shouldn’t be news to you. I have posted quite a few recipes that use basil in them. My friend even guest posted a recipe with lots of basil in it. And there are so many more times that I reach for the basil, whether dried, frozen of fresh, and somehow these recipes don’t all make it to the blog.
Obviously, homemade basil pesto is pretty much the epitome of a basil lover’s favorite foods. I know that people get all adventurous with pesto, they use arugula, kale and other greens. And they experiment with walnuts, pistachio nuts and various other nuts. But I am a purist. A basil pesto lover. And while I knowthat the internet is filled with a million versions of pesto, I don’t care. I am sharing mine. It’s dairy free, which is nice for vegans and others who don’t eat cheese. It’s also nice for people like me, who keep kosher, and want to use pesto in their meat dishes.
Pay close attention to this recipe, my friends, because it’s a building block recipe, one that you’ll find future recipes on this blog requiring.
What’s your favorite thing to do with pesto?
Homemade (Dairy Free) Basil Pesto
3 cups packed basil leaves
4 cloves garlic
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or more, to taste)
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Store in the refrigerator.
Thanks for stopping by folks! Hope you love this as much as I do. By the way, did you all remember to enter my cookbook giveaway? Trust me, you don’t want to miss this! -Miriam
Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) says
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this post since your first tweet about it. Was worth the wait. Your pesto looks wonderful!
When it comes to pesto, I’m a purist, too! Your recipe looks perfect~
the second serving says
I really love pesto on sandwiches, with mozzarella, too! Also with pasta salad, with tomatoes, and olives. I always put a little too much on everything– you definitely can’t overdose on pesto!!
Sarah Pascal says
This looks awesome!! I can’t wait to try it and I am looking forward to the recipes to go with this. Thanks for sharing:)
I love pesto gnocchi and tortellini!
Your pictures are really spectacular!
How did I miss this?
Can this be made with frozen basil cubes? If so, do you have any clue how much one would need?
I love this recipe! Made it last week and it disappeared real fast.
I was wondering though, how long does it keep in the fridge? Since it’s super fresh, I’m worried it will go off if I make a mega batch.
I would assume about a week, but honestly I always finish it sooner than that!
can this be made with the frozen cubes for us lazy ppl? and if so..would u know how many cubes? thanks, LOVE this site!
Just made this pesto and it is delicious!!!
I am just now finding this recipe and I cannot wait to try it! Approximately how much pesto does this make?
Thank you so much!
Hedy Pollak says
I make pesto often and just tried your recipe. I think it’s the best one! Thx