Basil Pesto sauce

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Basil pesto sauce is a very rich , colorful and flavorful  sauce .Using Basil in your diet has many awesome advantages .Did you know basil has excellent antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties.It also has phytochemicals to prevent cancer, helps aid digestion ,glowing skin and has ingredients that naturally decreases stress.It not only tastes good but helps your body in many ways. Pesto sauce was in my list of things to make ever since my potted organic basil plant was ready for harvest.

It is a very simple sauce to make and tastes much better than the ready made store bought ones.It is also very  versatile and goes well with so many varieties of dishes be it a pizza , sandwich, bruschetta , hummus, fried rice or  pasta ! This is an uncooked sauce and can be made in bulk and stored for later use. I used  almonds in this sauce as I had them handy , the traditional recipe calls for pine nuts . Some others also use walnuts as well.The other ingredients are parmesan cheese, garlic , olive oil , lemon juice , salt and pepper. Do try it out and be ready to get some accolades from your guests. I would love to hear if you have any favorite recipes using pesto . Till next time , happy cooking!

5 from 3 votes
Basil pesto sauce

A delicious sauce made with basil , parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil and nuts which is a great accompaniment in pizza, pasta, sandwiches and many more dishes!

Ingredients
  • 2 cups basil leaves origin
  • 1/3 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Add the basil leaves, olive oil, almonds, garlic, parmesan cheese into a blender or food processor and blend well.

  2. Once the paste is smooth, transfer the contents to  a bowl.

  3. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix well.

  4. Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator for a week or freeze for about 3 months and use as needed.

Recipe Notes

Pesto sauces in some recipes:

  • To make bruschetta , spread some sauce on the french bread slices  topped with chopped tomatoes, onions, mozarella and parmesan cheese and bake at 400 deg till the cheese melts.
  • To make spaghetti, cook spaghetti in boiling water , drain and cool. Stir fry your choice of veggies, tomatoes, garlic in  olive oil .Add the pesto sauce and mix the spaghetti into it.
  • To make sandwiches, layer the breads with pesto sauce, sliced vegetables, cheese, pepper,salt .
Basil Pesto sauce

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    September 26, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Yummy!

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    Smitha
    September 26, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Sounds Delish ! Love the flavor of basil leaves 💚
    Do we need to blanch the almonds?

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      September 26, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      Me too love the flavor . I used the almonds as is Smitha . Thank you so much for the comment!

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    Lorelle
    September 26, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I have never tried it with almonds, I always use pine nuts, will have to give this a go 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      September 26, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Sure Lorelle do give it a try , I could not make much of a difference . Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Anita Malta
    September 26, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I love basil!! This sounds delicious, thank you for sharing Nisha 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      September 26, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you so much Anita, I love basil as well, wish I had been introduced to it sooner 🙂

  • Reply
    Richa
    September 26, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, I love Basil leaves! Will try this recipe for sure!❤

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      September 26, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      I’m pretty sure you will love it .Thank you so much!

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    Jyo
    September 26, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Such a greeny goodness…I always use cashews instead of pine nuts…almonds’ is a nice choice too…

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      September 26, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Ah I see, cashews are a good choice as well! Thank you Jyo appreciate your comments!

  • Reply
    Diane
    September 26, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Fabulous recipe!!!!!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      September 27, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you so much Diane for the wonderful comment!

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    Megala
    September 28, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Wow, lovely creamy green pesto! I like the idea of using almonds in here.

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      September 28, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you so much Megala , Almonds are healthy and I like using them as well!

  • Reply
    missschade
    October 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    This looks yummie

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