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Growing and Harvesting Basil

Last week I did a post on growing and harvesting basil. You might be surprised to learn a few new things about basil. Be sure to check this post out when you get a chance.

Basil is a terrific and easy herb that everyone can enjoy. It is easy to grow and you can use it in so many different ways.

Basil also has a terrific assortment of varieties! There is cinnamon basil, lemon basil, sweet basil and spicy basil to name a few. I always grow several different varieties in my garden each year.

Pesto Recipes To Enjoy

Today I want to focus on how to make a garden fresh pesto recipe. We can not get enough basil in our garden. Why is this? Because we know that these recipes are going to be at our dinner table soon:

Pesto Chicken Pizza Recipe


Soupe Au Pistou {French Vegetable Soup With Basil Paste}

Soup Au Pistou |

Or how about a delicious Honey Garlic Basil Vinaigrette?

With all of these recipes to try, I am sure you will be as excited as I am to harvest your basil. So lets move onto the recipe at hand: A Garden Fresh Pesto Recipe!

Garden Fresh Pesto Recipe

Pesto is so easy to make and here is my favorite recipe! My girls absolutely love helping when we make pesto.

I usually send my girls out to the garden to get the basil and then put them to work on picking the leaves off, mincing the garlic and then blending it all up (not to much work, so it’s perfect for kids)!

You can use this garden fresh pesto recipe as a sandwich spread, a base for a pizza sauce, a sauce for pasta, a dip for vegetables, a seasoning to spice up soups or sauces…gosh the possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

Garden Fresh Pesto Recipe
Recipe type: Garden Recipe
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Serves: 4
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • ¼ cup shredded or grated fresh parmesan
  • ½ cup organic olive oil
  • 3 tbsp walnuts, pine nuts or pecans
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and grind until well combined.
  2. Serve over favorite pastas, sandwich spread, dips, soup and sauce seasoning, sauce for pizza...there is so much you can do with pesto.
  3. Store in refrigerator for a week or two.
  4. You can also store in the freezer and then pull out to thaw 30 minutes before you are ready to use.

Share Your Thoughts

What are some of your favorite ways to use pesto? Are you a pesto junkie like me? 🙂

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2 Responses to Garden Fresh Pesto Recipe

  1. Julie Skinner says:

    I love your pesto recipe, Halle! I’ve started making my own raw milk kefir so I’m always looking for ways to use it. One way I’ve found to be a big winner is to add a cube or two of pesto to plain kefir and whisk. It’s the best creamy pesto salad dressing ever!

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