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Along with the surplus of peppers I have been getting from my garden, I have a good amount of herbs as well. When I was deciding what kind of herbs to plant, I knew I wanted basil. To buy fresh basil here is really expensive, so if I don’t have it growing in my back yard, I don’t use it. I decided to plant some in a container, so that I could try to bring it inside when the cold weather hits and maybe keep it around, although I have heard that basil is one of the hardest herbs to grow indoors. The other plant I planted out in my garden. While they are both growing well, the plant in my garden has become HUGE!! The leaves are gorgeous and big, and the smell is amazing. Oh, how I wish I could grow it outside all year round!!

I decided I wanted to make some homemade pesto to make a dent in the large amount of basil that is growing. This was my first time making it, and it couldn’t be easier. But what did I want to use my pesto on??

Pesto Alfredo | www.tasteandtellblog.com

The first is really not a recipe at all. This is one of my favorite ways to eat Alfredo. Just take your favorite Alfredo sauce and stir in a couple tablespoons of pesto. Chicken Alfredo with pasta is my husband’s favorite meal, and he doesn’t complain at all when I add in the pesto!!

Mini Pesto Pizza | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I still had some pesto left, so a couple of nights later I decided to make mini pizzas. I would have made the dough from scratch, but I decided to do a freezer clean out. I had a few frozen Rhoade’s Rolls in the bottom of my freezer, so I figured they would work perfectly for mini pizza crusts. I also had the leftover filling from the Calzones I made awhile back, so there was my topping. All I had to do was thaw the dough, add a bit of pesto to some, pizza sauce to the other, top with the filling, add a bit of cheese, and bake. Super easy when most of the ingredients come from your freezer!!

Basil Pesto

2 cups basil leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup pine nuts
2-4 minced garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Pulse all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor or blender until chopped. Add olive oil in a stream to incorporate all ingredients.

So what’s your favorite way to eat pesto?

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21 Responses to Basil Pesto

  1. Happy cook says:

    I do agree with you that basil is expensive and it is better to grow if you have the garden.
    Love the recipe.
    I like anything with pesto

  2. Belinda says:

    I always say I’m going to grow a few herbs, every year, but then I never do it, and other than my beloved rosemary bush, I have to buy my herbs…and expensive is right! From the looks of these yummy recipes, you have been putting your supply of freshly grown basil to excellent use. :-)

  3. Andrea says:

    I love to make my own pesto! We make a basic basil pesto and a sun-dried tomato pesto. Mostly we eat it tossed with some kind of pasta or add it as a layer in baked pasta dishes. We freeze it in small cubes using an ice cube tray then pull it out in the wintertime when we need a pesto fix. :-)

  4. kellypea says:

    Mmm…pesto. On anything! I had to resist last night with putting it on the pizza we grilled because I always put it on and was trying a different recipe. It was challenging…

  5. Cate says:

    Mmmm, love pesto and also have a ton of basil I need to use up. Might be making and freezing some pesto this week – thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Maryann says:

    I like it on everything but especially fish. I add a bit of lemon juice and lemon rind so it works out nicely. I like your photo of the pizza..yum :)

  7. Nirmala says:

    Basil is awesome and making pesto is a great way to use it all up. Love pesto on cheese sandwiches too!

  8. Kevin says:

    Mixing pesto in with alfredo sauce sounds really good.

  9. Valli says:

    Pesto has such wonderful flavours. My favourite way to use pesto is in a tortellini salad or I add it to my alfredo as well. It is also delicious in quesadillas with goats cheese!!!!

  10. joey says:

    I love pesto! I’d love to grow basil but I haven’t got a garden so that is out. Also, my husband doesn’t really like it. BUT, that doesn’t stop me from making and eating it as often as I can :) Love it in pastas, salads, sandwiches, with grilled veggies, on fish (if you make cilantro pesto it is incredible on fish!), with broad beans and bacon, with cheese…gosh, the list goes on and on :)

    Enjoy your pesto!

  11. Nan says:

    I have a little basil plant that’s not doing incredibly well outside right now. :( You scared me a little when you said it’s harder to grow inside!

  12. veron says:

    I love it topped on a sauteed chicken breast and finished in the oven. YUM!

  13. Mandy says:

    I have been using my basil in everything I make lately, including pesto! The chicken alfredo looks so yummy!

  14. Cynthia says:

    Look what delicious ways you’ve used them.

  15. eatme_delicious says:

    Yumm pesto is one of my favourite things! The creamy pesto you made looks so good. I had a basil plant last year but I didn’t try to take care of it too well since I knew/thought it wouldn’t last the winter. I should try growing it outdoors though as I’m very jealous of your huge basil plant!

  16. Connie says:

    i just picked up a bunch of basil at the farmers market. I made some pesto and froze it in ice cube trays {individual servings!} and once frozen, they went into a ziplock bag… to remember summer on some cold day

  17. Terry B says:

    I love it tossed with pasta, of course. But pesto is also great spread on some crusty bread as part of a roasted chicken or turkey sandwich, maybe with some sliced tomato.

  18. Judy says:

    Pesto is one of life’s perfect foods isnt it? I just bought two huge bushels at the farmers market, and plan on making pesto to freeze (minus the cheese of course). And I think my favourite way to eat pesto has to be as you showed it, on pizza. Nothing better.

  19. Janet says:

    The pesto looks amazing… both ways! Believe it or not, this is something I’ve never made before. I always buy bottled…

  20. Glenna says:

    Oh wow! Both dishes look great and FRESH pesto–fabulous!

  21. Kelly-Jane says:

    Why have I never thought to add chicken in with peato and pasta, sounds delish. Looks fab too.

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