One day I will have my own small garden where i will grow basil (and other vegetables of course) to prepare this flavorful pesto!
I grew up in a family who loves the nature! My dad used to grow flowers and vegetables (tomatoes, parsley, mint, cucumbers…. ) for us they are both beautiful, like all lebanese families who has a small garden beside the house. Trust me a salad from your garden tastes different! even, It smells like your home country…
A homemade pesto, to use as a great addition to pasta, salads, sandwiches, or as a tasty dip or spread!
You will need:
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup toasted pine seeds
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
In the food processor add basil, garlic and pine nuts. Pulse several times until coarsely chopped. Then add lemon juice and olive oil. Once fully combined mix in the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
This simple basic pesto is so easy to make and incredibly delicious. It takes less than 5 minutes and you can spread it on almost everything!
How to store this homemade pesto? After filling a jar to almost the very top, drizzle a little olive oil over the top and seal closed. This can keep for a few weeks in the fridge if you continue to cover the top with olive to keep the herbs fresh.
- To a food processor, add the basil, garlic, and pine nuts. Pulse several times until coarsely chopped.
- With the processor running, pour in the lemon juice and slowly add the olive oil.
- Once fully combined (but still with some texture), scrape all of the pesto into a separate bowl.
- Mix in the parmesan cheese, and season to taste with salt & pepper.