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🌿 Garden Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe 🌿

Learn how to make a delicious garden fresh basil pesto with this easy recipe. Serve it over pasta, grilled vegetables, or bread. Store leftovers in the fridge or freeze for later use.

Garden Fresh Basil Pesto

You will need:

  • fresh basil leaves2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • Pecorino Romano cheese1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pine nuts1/3 cup pine nuts
  • minced garlic cloves3 medium-sized garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and black pepperSalt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Start by toasting the pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat until golden, stirring frequently.
  2. Rinse the basil leaves and pat them dry.
  3. In a food processor, combine the basil leaves, minced garlic, and toasted pine nuts. Process until coarsely chopped.
  4. While the food processor is running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream.
  5. Stop the processor and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended.
  6. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  7. Your Garden Fresh Basil Pesto is ready. Serve it over pasta, grilled vegetables, or bread.


Store leftover pesto in the refrigerator in an airtight container, with a thin film of olive oil on top to keep it from turning brown. It can also be frozen for future use.

There's something incredibly satisfying about creating your own fresh, homemade pesto. The vibrant green color, the intoxicating aroma of fresh basil, and the creamy texture make it a joy to prepare and a delight to eat. But did you know that your garden can provide you with all the ingredients you need for this tasty treat?

Our guide to growing and integrating basil into your garden will help you cultivate this fragrant herb right in your backyard. Basil is not only a key ingredient in our Garden Fresh Basil Pesto recipe, but also a fantastic addition to your perennial landscape. Its aromatic leaves act as a natural pest deterrent, making it a practical and beautiful addition to your garden.

Once you've harvested your basil, you're ready to start creating your pesto. Our recipe is straightforward and easy to follow, ensuring you get the perfect blend of flavors every time. But don't stop at pesto! Basil is a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of tasty and healthy herbal recipes.

And if you're wondering what to pair your fresh pesto with, why not try a vegan pasta dish? Olive oil, one of the main ingredients in our pesto recipe, is a staple in many vegan pasta recipes. The rich, creamy pesto beautifully complements the simplicity of pasta, creating a meal that's both nutritious and delicious.

Store any leftover pesto in the fridge or freeze it for later use. It's perfect for those days when you want a quick, flavorful meal. Just remember to add a thin layer of olive oil on top to keep it fresh and prevent it from turning brown.

So why not give it a try? With our guide to growing basil and this simple pesto recipe, you'll be enjoying the fruits of your garden in no time. Happy gardening and bon appétit!