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Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

There are many foods that make me happy- three of them being fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil. These three foods come together in this recipe to make a super simple basil pesto. Store-bought pesto often has cheese in it, and making it yourself is so fast and easy there's no need to speed read ingredient lists on the little jars.


Since the main ingredient in this recipe is fresh basil, you're going to need a lot of it. I like to keep a few small potted basil plants on my windowsill and just trim them and use them as needed. Basil is a very easy plant to take care of and I would highly recommend growing some. Traditionally, pesto is made with pine nuts but I like to use walnuts in mine. You can use whatever nut you like- almonds work well too!


This pesto comes together in only 5 minutes and is bright, fresh, and garlicky. Perfect swirled into tomato sauce, tossed with pasta and roasted veggies, or spread onto a sandwich like this Caprese Grilled Cheese

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment below, or share a picture on instagram with #datkindlife . Stay kind, bbs! 


Basil Pesto  

Prep Time: 5 mins  Cook Time: 0 mins  Total Time: 5 mins


·      2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

·      1/2 cup walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, or any other nut

·      3 cloves garlic, minced

·      ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

·      salt and pepper, to taste


1.    Put the basil and nuts in food processor and pulse a few times to get it incorporated and roughly chopped. Add in garlic and pulse a few times, then scrape down the sides of the food processor and pulse a few more times. Everything should be chopped pretty finely.  

2.    While the food processor is running, slowly pour in half the olive oil through the top. Pouring slowly will help the oil emulsify and prevent separation.  Once you’ve incorporated half the olive oil, stop and scrape down the sides, then start again to slowly add the second half. Stir in salt and fresh black pepper to taste.

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