Sunday, 21 July 2013

Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce Recipe


Some days I do not like to cook elaborate meals. Then I stick on to easy, ready to make dishes. This basil pesto sauce is one among them. I mostly use it for pasta but you can very well use them in a variety of ways. Spread it on a bruschetta or as an appetizer dip or use it as a spread or chutney for your sandwich. You can also mix it up with some mayonnaise to use up as a salad dressing or use as a spread or dip for your grilled chicken !! The uses are many & it's an effortless recipe :) Great right? 

I have some freshly growing basil sprigs on my window sill & I had been waiting for them to grow up to a considerable height so that I can use them. And now my emotions are that of a happy little kid :D This pesto sauce can be refrigerated for a week. Store them in air tight containers then. Alternately, it can also be freezed for upto six months.


Recipe Source: Adapted from here

I Took: 10 minutes

Makes: ¼ cup


I Used:

Fresh Basil leaves - ¼ cup
Walnuts/Pine Nuts - 4 tsp (I used Walnuts)
Garlic - 1 clove
Grated Parmesan Cheese - 2 tbsp
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - As Needed

The Way:

  1. Add walnuts/pine nuts & garlic in a blender/mixer. Pulse it till crushed
  2. Add the fresh basil leaves to it & blend again
  3. Add olive oil and give it a quick pulse. Finally add the grated Parmesan cheese & salt and blend or pulse to your desired consistency
  4. I like it smooth rather than crunchy, so I blend it to a smooth paste. You can add water if necessary for the consistency 
Use as desired :)

Cheers, 
Chitz

39 comments:

  1. Love basil pesto so much.. Looks so flavorful..

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  2. It is so much fun to pluck herbs from ur own window sill and use really fresh ones.
    Love basil flavors.

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  3. This looks yum.. Oh the joy of growing your own is amazing. I have some mint and tomatoes growing.. I am happy kid too :-)

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  4. I have been wanting to try this for the longest time. Will give it a hand for sure, now that I am inspired by your simple and yummy recipe.

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  5. I love to grow my herbs.. Simple yummy recipe with less ingredients..

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  6. Must try because I have basil growing in my garden. I adore the fragrant, what more when made as pesto. Great for almost anything.

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  7. yes... nothing like feeling lazy... :) the sauce looks good...

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  8. Lovely basil pesto saue, looks very vibrant and very very flavourful. I love it...

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  9. sauce looks so fresh n delicious...love pasta in pesto sauce.

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  10. looks so good and thanks for this recipe,should be more flavorful with fresh basil sprigs...

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  11. Pesto looks too good! Pristine and beautiful color! I can get a sense of the flavor!!
    And thanks for letting us know where else this sauce can be used other than the regular pasta recipes.
    Also good to know this can be stored in freezer for up to 6 months. Good one.

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  12. Loved this sauce in making pasta. It makes pasta always more flavorful and yummy!

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  13. Bful color.. wat say n cristal clear pic..

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  14. Going to try this very soon...thanks for sharing

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  16. delicious and flavorful pesto :) love the ever green color of it ,a healthy one :)

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  17. Looks amazing ! This is our favorite,I make it pretty often...Healthy and delicious !

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  18. my fav sauce...looks like professional photo...awesome click Chitra..

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  19. You have fresh herbs on your window sill - Ahhh, you are one lucky girl! The pesto sounds delish! Would be indeed great with pasta and all :)

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  20. wow...so fresh sauce...am sure to love this on plain pasta with some parmesan topping

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  21. I like pesto especially if they are homemade.

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  22. I love basil too.

    Easy sauce!

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  23. looks so yumm chitz...such a lovely color...

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  24. yummm, pesto looks so bright and creamy, perfect :-)

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  25. lucky, lucky you, my basil plant (s) died on me three times, and I havent grown anything since! on the other hand, this is my fav so I might revisit my luck on black fingers :-)

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  26. wen pasta then pesto....i love ur pesto recipes of urs....so nice.

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  27. Wow Chitz, I have 2 huge basil plants growing in my garden and have been wondering what to do with all of it. This sauce is so convinient n easy to make. Must try it soon.

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  28. Ohhh una delicia de pesto se ve muy irresistible y muy casero,abrazos y saludos.

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  31. delicious muffin looks so tempting

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  32. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments :)

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