Pesto is certainly one of the easiest recipes to prepare. If you haven’t tried it yourself then the time has come! You can buy it in a jar but to really appreciate the flavor, make it with the freshest herbs possible, the ones you’ve grown!

It’s believed the basic combination of oil with herbs, garlic and salt began with the Romans. In 19th century Italy, basil took hold and pesto was born. Adding cheese and nuts to the mix was, of course, genius! Since then the basic recipe has remained mostly unchanged . So be a part of gastronomic history and make some pesto! (If you’re a Francophile, you’ll add parsley and eliminate the pine nuts.)

Here’s What

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves that you’ve grown yourself!
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • ²⁄³ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • Coarse salt

And Here’s How

  • In a food processor, combine pine nuts, basil leaves (no stems), garlic and coarse salt. When everything is chopped or minced (your call) put the processor on slow.
  • Drizzle the oil into the mixture until smooth.
  • You can either add the cheese and process for a moment or add it after processing.

Eat right away or store in the fridge. You can even freeze pesto and enjoy it anytime for up to 3 months!

You can enjoy pesto on anything, not just pasta!