I love pesto! I make basil pesto a lot. I also make cilantro pesto and instead of pine nuts I use pistachios. I use this to flavor some of my southwest dishes.
So what are you going to do with basil pesto? Put it on your pasta or your pizza? Of course! As long as the pizza crust is gluten and grain free and the pasta is zoodles or spaghetti squash! You can also put it on your burgers and breakfast sandwiches. Put it on grilled chicken or a steak or fish. Mix it with some olives and tiny fresh mozzarella balls. A cold shrimp salad with black olives and peppers would be great! Put it on a slice of meatloaf!
Here’s the recipe
This makes a lot of pesto. Feel free to cut back.
- 10 ounces fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh garlic
- 1 cup pine nuts
- 1 tbl sea salt
- 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cups grated asiago cheese If you are dairy free, leave out the cheese and add more nuts
If you have whole cloves of garlic out of the skin, drop them in your food processor while its running before you add the basil leaves
So in the bowl of your food processor you have the basil, chopped garlic, sea salt and pine nuts
While the machine is running add the olive oil
Let the machine run for about 10 seconds after you finished adding the oil
Then add the cheese and process for another 10 to 15 seconds to incorporate the cheese