Sweet Basil Pesto
Pesto is one of those things that you can make in a matter of minutes but tastes like you spent hours preparing it. It’s so easy to prepare and it’s full of great flavor. This Sweet Basil Pesto takes about 5 minutes to make and can be used in a variety of ways.
Sweet Basil Pesto
- 1 handful (about a cup) of fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Add first four ingredients to a food processor. Turn the food processor on and slowly drizzle in olive oil until smooth.
Making this Sweet Basil Pesto is extremely easy. You all know that if I can do it, anyone can do it. It all starts with a handful of fresh sweet basil, fresh, aromatic garlic, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts and extra virgin olive oil.
Unlike dipping crusty bread right into the olive oil, blending a full-bodied version with fresh ingredients gives this Sweet Basil Pesto a strong flavor that really shines however you decide to use it.
The perfect serving suggestion: freshly baked focaccia bread topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato slices and this homemade sweet basil pesto.
I don’t always have to prepare an extravagant lunch, but when I make this Baked Focaccia with mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil pesto, it sure tastes like I did. Serve alongside a hot soup of your choice and you have a lunch that’s not only easy, but a delight for your taste buds.
If you’re looking for ways to get the kids in the kitchen to help you, this is one of those times that it’s easy enough that they can offer a helping hand. Allow them to measure out the ingredients and place them in the food processor. I’m learning I should have started when my children were much younger, but starting anytime is better than not starting at all!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy pesto?
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