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Pesto - A Wonderful Summer Treat that Lasts All Year

Updated on June 10, 2014

Fresh Pesto

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Pesto

Pesto is a potent green paste featuring fresh basil and parsley leaves. Dried basil and parsley will not do, but basil and parsley are easy to grow during the summer months. I plant mine in a "whiskey barrel" just outside my kitchen door for ease of harvesting, but both of these herbs grow just as well planted in a garden. I promise, basil and parsley are easy to grow - NO green thumb required!

Basil and Parsley growing outside the kitchen door.
Basil and Parsley growing outside the kitchen door.
Pesto - ready for the refrigerator to enjoy on a fall or winter day!
Pesto - ready for the refrigerator to enjoy on a fall or winter day!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: About 6 servings of pesto


  • 3 cups (packed) FRESH basil leaves
  • 4 large garlic cloves (add less or more as your taste dictates)
  • 3/4 cup (packed) FRESH parsley
  • 1/2 cup Nuts (either Pine Nuts or Walnuts)
  • 3/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Melted butter (either salted or unsalted)
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (or blender). Pack all the ingredients in together. Begin on low then move speed to medium. Thoroughly work into a smooth paste.
  2. Pesto can be used immediately or kept in the refrigerator for several months. Canning jars work well; no need to process since it is stored in the refrigerator.
  3. Toss pesto with hot, drained pasta. For an added punch, add sun-dried tomatoes and any leftovers, such as grilled chicken.
  4. NOTE - Do not try to double this recipe; double the ingredients will not process properly in a food processor or blender.


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    • susanouzts profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan B. Ouzts 

      3 years ago from Monroe County, GA

      We are having pasta with pesto (and some grilled chicken) tonight for supper. YUM! Hope you made pesto to enjoy during the cold weather months!


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