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Easy Pesto Recipe

This Easy Pesto Recipe is made with fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts or walnuts,  Parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.  It’s a great recipe to use up all your basil you’ve been growing.

“If you’ve got a plot the size of a car or a tiny yard in Italy, you’re going to be growing tomatoes and basil and celery and carrots, and everybody is still connected to the land.” – Frances Mayes

Homemade Pesto Recipe

Pesto’s not just for pasta anymore.  There’s so many things you can use this sauce for like, pesto French bread, on baked potatoes, pesto deviled eggs, pesto chicken salad, pesto hummus, pesto quesadilla, pesto steak, and brushed on shrimp.

Here’s the recipe for making Perfect Penne Pesto Pasta after you make the pesto…

Here’s the Printable Version of the Easy Pesto Recipe:

Homemade Perfect Pesto Recipe

  • Difficulty: Easy
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      • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, cleaned and patted dry
      • 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
      • 1 cup pine nuts or walnuts, toasted
      • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
      • 1 cup virgin olive oil
      • salt and pepper to taste


        • Place basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and process until chopped. Slowly add olive oil in a steady stream, processing constantly.
        • Add in the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and process until combined.
        • Store covered, in the refrigerator until ready to use.

I found this recipe in a vintage cookbook called Longaberger Fresh From the Pantry.  Have you ever heard of those Longaberger handmade baskets?  They had a factory and a restaurant on the property for visitors.  Unfortunately, they recently closed down.  They did put all their restaurant recipes in a cookbook and I’m testing some of them to see how they taste.

I love vintage cookbooks.  I’ve finally got around to going through each one and then donating it to our neighborhood book exchange.  The good news for you, is that I’m testing each recipe and only putting the delicious ones here.

Another recipe I found in the book that you’ll enjoy was their Honey Pecan Chicken Salad.

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