Basil is one amazing herb. It’s a member of the mint family, and is commonly grown and featured in the cuisine of India, Southeast Asia Northern Africa and Italy. Some even call it Holy Basil because it has some great properties besides just tasting really good; antibacterial, stress fighting, good for your digestive system type properties :0) There are many reasons to eat basil, so let me introduce you to one of the yummiest~ Classic Basil Pesto!
If you have never tried or heard of Pesto, it’s a tasty culinary invention for sure! A simple blend of herbs (usually basil), pine nuts, garlic and olive oil. Pesto can be used on sandwiches, in soups, or pasta dishes. Best of all, it’s deeeeeeelicious!
Since I’ve been on a fresh herb kick this week with my posts, I thought I’d whip up some Classic Basil Pesto to share with the world. I don’t actually have enough for the world, but if everyone who read this post made some, and shared it with friends, and the friends made some, well, we just might get to share pesto with the whole world…
Note: You will need a food processor to create classic basil pesto. I have never attempted to make it in a blender. If anyone of you is daring enough to try, please let me know how it turns out!
Some Ideas: I hope you truly enjoy pesto. You can easily freeze individual portions in an ice cube tray and just pop them out as needed. You could stir it into the lovely Baked Risotto with Zucchini that I featured yesterday. Even my picky kids will eat it on grilled cheese. Mmmm, there’s a little hint for tomorrow’s recipe :0)
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