Who else loves Seinfeld? 🙂 It’s one of our favorite shows! There’s an episode where George orders pesto at a restaurant and is disappointed.
GEORGE: Why do I get pesto? Why do I think I’ll like it? I keep trying to like it, like I have to like it.https://www.seinfeldscripts.com/TheBusboy.htm
JERRY: Who said you have to like it?
GEORGE: Everybody likes pesto. You walk into a restaurant, that’s all you hear – pesto, pesto, pesto.
Well, sorry George–we are some of those people who
like love pesto. It’s so versatile and forgiving. And the flavor is unique but amazing. It’s a simple, fresh sauce that tastes salty and vibrant–and is a beautiful bright green from the basil.
Reasons to make this basil pesto:
- delicious over everything (pasta, sandwiches, pizza, veggies, etc)
- no cook sauce (woohoo for easy, summery foods!)
- ready in about 5 minutes
- easy to make ahead and use for the week
- it’s homemade and probably cheaper than anything you can buy 🙂
I highly recommend a food processor to get the best texture but a blender will work, too. You want everything emulsified at high speed and that’s hard to do by hand. But otherwise, this sauce couldn’t be easier to make!!
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan freshly grated or shaker-style
- 3 tbsp pine nuts
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- juice of ½ a lemon = ~ 1 tbsp
- ⅓ cup olive oil best quality
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor.
- Pulse 2-3 times. Then, with the processor running, drizzle in the olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified.
- Scrape down sides if needed and pulse 1-2 more times to incorporate.
Use immediately, or to store:
- Store in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Stir before use.
- quality ingredients are key–you’ll want really good olive oil
- The lemon juice helps keep the bright green color fresh. We have made pesto without it but much prefer the addition of the lemon juice.
- Taste before adding salt–your Parmesan may be very salty and you may not need any additional salt
Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope your weekend was great and you enjoyed the time to rest or get some sun 🙂 We’ll be making this basil pesto all summer long and you can, too!