The best thing about pesto is not just its zingy and fresh taste, but also its versatility. The Basil Pesto can be used to cook pasta, as well as an alternative to the tomato-based marinara sauce in pizza recipes. Tomato bruschetta with Basil Pesto is also a wonderful bread recipe that can be easily prepared at home. Further, basil Pesto makes for a wonderful dip that can be eaten with chips, crackers or even by itself! Another great thing about the Basil Pesto is that it can be stored by freezing the sauce, which can make the sauce last for up to 2 weeks.
Full Recipe Basil Pesto Sauce (For Homemade):
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup pine nuts (or cashew nuts)
3 cloves garlic (fresh)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Salt & pepper to taste
- Mix the basil, nuts and garlic together until ground to a fine dry paste.
- Add olive oil in slowly to make the paste smoother and easier to blend.
- Season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
- Keep mixing until everything is blended together.
Your delicious Basil pesto sauce is ready! The sauce is best used fresh and straight from the mixer into whatever dish you fancy to make. Try this wonderful recipe and enjoy your Italian cooking with a brand new flavor of freshness.