Basil Pesto

The one thing always growing in our garden during the summer is basil. We grow several different varieties of basil; sweet, large leaf Italian, and genovese. One thing we like to do with all our basil is make pesto. Pesto can be used on a variety of things: pasta, burgers, tuna, sandwiches, etc. We make enough throughout the summer to keep us supplied until next summer.

Close up of some basil plants.

The basil plants are ready to cut.

Several basil plants.

These basil plants are ready to become pesto.

There are endless recipes for basil pesto, this is one we like.

2 cups basil leaves (washed and spun dry in a salad spinner)
6 garlic cloves
1/2-3/4 tsp. kosher salt
6 Tbsp. almonds
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice

This recipe is for one batch of pesto that yields approximately 3/4 of a cup. Today we had enough leaves to make approximately 9 cups of pesto!

Below are the steps to creating this pesto recipe.

Bowl of basil leaves.

Bowl of basil leaves.

We first remove all the good leaves from the basil plants and then wash the leaves to remove any dirt and insects. We then use a salad spinner to remove the excess water from the basil leaves.

The additional ingredients for pesto.

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Almonds.

Then we add the almonds, oil, and garlic to the food processor. We puree the almonds, oil and garlic before adding the other ingredients so that the almonds become more finely chopped. Otherwise, the almonds will be much larger (which is a matter of personal preference).

The pesto ingredients in the food processor.

All the ingredients in the food processor.

Next we add the basil leaves, lemon juice, and salt.  We then run the processor until all of the basil leaves are finely minced.

A bowl of pesto.

The completed pesto.

The freezer bags of pesto.

Freezer bags of pesto.

We then placed our pesto into freezer bags. We put approximately one cup of pesto in pint size freezer bags and carefully pressed the air from the bag before sealing them.

The basil plants after cutting.

The basil plants after the cutting.

In a few more weeks these plants will be ready to trim again.

Happy growing…

1 thought on “Basil Pesto

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Beautiful Basil. In light of our own grown produce and Love Taste Hate Waste. Mind you.. with the UK weather!!!

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