I have to admit that I’m a little lazy when it comes to pesto, I always have a jar in my pantry or fridge. But it really is easy to make. Try this Quick and Easy Homemade Pesto Sauce recipe. This is is a great way to use the bumper crop of basil I always seem to have in the summer.
Quick and Easy Homemade Pesto
- 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup pine nuts you can substitute walnuts, if you've run out of pine nuts
- 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Fresh ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese
Place basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the oil and process until fully well blended and smooth.
Season with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl stir in cheese, until well distributed.
If you want to freeze the pesto sauce, only use 1/2 cup of olive oil while processing and DO NOT add the cheese. Place pesto sauce in an airtight freezer-safe container and top with the remaining oil. Pesto can be kept frozen for about 3 months.
When ready to use thaw the pesto in the refrigerator and just before serving stir in cheese.
That's it. Super easy, right? Enjoy over hot pasta, on a turkey sandwich, Stir a couple of tablespoons into your red sauce for added depth of flavor, the possibilities are endless.
< Eat < Drink < Party <
Kentucky Derby recipes and party ideas. Looking for a fun and different party idea for spring? Throw a Kentucky Derby Party. The race is always the 1st Saturday in May.
Learn the secrets to Making the Best Pancakes – Ever. Step-up your pancake making with these game-changing pancake making tips.
Spicy Cajun Bloody Mary is a spicy adaptation on the classic. Topped with shrimp, cornichons, and blue cheese stuffed Tabasco olives.
How to Create a Juice Bar for a Special Brunch or Mother’s Day Breakfast. Everyone loves freshly squeezed juice. A freshly squeezed juice bar is a fun and interactive way to let your guest customize their favorite juice by mixing and matching flavors and Herbs.
How to Create a Mimosa Bar for your next Brunch. Nothing says brunch like a classic mimosa, a mimosa bar is so much fun and easy to set-up.
Coconut Rice with Curried Bananas and Cashews is the perfect complement to spicy Carribean dishes like jerk pork or jerk turkey. Creamy fluffy Jasmine rice simmered in coconut milk, tossed with curried bananas and salty cashews.
Jamaican Jerk Pork jerk spices are the perfect complement to grilled pork. This grilled jerk pork tenderloin recipe is super easy to make and requires very little prep work so you’ll be eating in no time.
5 Easy Easter Menus for Any LifestyleSpring is in the air, flowers are blooming, the weather is warming. Easter is a time of rebirth and the perfect time to gather friends and family to share a fun and festive meal. Try one of these 5 Easy Easter Menus. 5 Easy...
Goat Cheese and Walnut Panzanella Salad with a light honey mustard vinaigrette is the perfect starter for a spring or summer lunch or dinner.
Cutest-ever Easter Bunny Pancake Recipe. All the kids will love these bunny pancakes. They taste delicious and are almost to cute to eat.
A Rosette Italian Vegetable Tart is easy to make and absolutely delicious, plus it’s beautiful. Guests will rave about this veggie tart.
Slow Cooker Sweet Heat Spice Rubbed Chicken is the perfect low-calorie, set-and-forget slow cooker chicken. Serve on salad or with fresh veggies.
DIY + Create
I love serving homemade meals and entertaining, but I don’t love spending all my time in the kitchen… Sound familiar? I’ll share my shortcuts for getting delicious, healthy food on the table – easy, fast & stress-free. All of my recipes have been tested on family and friends. We love them and I hope you will too.
Chief Mermaid & Mojito Maker
This is me hangin’ out on the boat – it’s an absolutely gorgeous day in the Florida Keys – doing what wannabe mermaids do best…splashing in the waves + soaking up the sun. Life’s amazing. Want to learn more?