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Basil Pesto from Weelicious

Basil Pesto is easy to make, you can store it for weeks in the fridge and my kids devour it up no matter what I put it on -- from fish, to pasta to a sandwich. Even my husband loves it. And seriously, what's not to love?!

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Basil Pesto (Makes 1 Cup)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 1 mins

egg free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil

Preparation

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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39 comments

  • Maryea

    Basil, Parmesan AND pine nuts? YUM!!

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    • Willie

      Thanks for the pesto recipe. I always wanted to make my own :)

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  • Christine

    I love pesto! Anyone have ideas for a nut-free pesto? My little girl has a nut allergy. I know the nuts are for flavor, but how much texture does it add? Should I just add more parm cheese??

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    • Irina

      At my son's school they just do not use the pine nuts and the kids still love it. The other alternative would be using some pumpkin seeds instead of the pine nuts. It is a different flavor, but good.

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    • Amy

      I agree, seeds are a great replacement. We've used both pumpkin and sunflower seeds and both have been very tasty!

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  • Holly N.

    Can I do this in a mini processor or does it have to be the big one? I haven't gotten one yet although I really want one!

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  • Gina

    Thank you! I will be serving pesto pasta with whole wheat garlic bread for dinner. Love your recipes!

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  • Cbirch

    I just saw this recipe and instantly had to make it (for my son's dinner, yes, but also a big bowl of pasta for my lunch!) We were out of pine nuts so I substituted cashews - it worked well. Very yummy!

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  • Rachel

    I usually by this in a jar, but I just made this with my toddler. Tastes so good and fresh. I'm excited to eat it tonight -- something the whole family can eat together.

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  • Kathy

    my daughter is allergic to seeds, nuts and dairy and other things. Will it still taste good if i omitted the pine nuts and parmesan?

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  • Terri

    My girls love pesto. I have even made it with spinach instead of basil and pecans instead of pine nuts and they still love it.

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  • Lisa {Smart Food & Fit}

    I just saw this post and bought some fresh basil leaves the other day. I've made parsely pesto in the past and it's just as delicious if you can't get a hold of basil.

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  • Holly

    I got a recipe for pesto using collard greens and my daughter loves it! I don't use nuts - just olive oil, parmesan cheese, and a little garlic and onion if i'm feeling frisky.

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  • Mamamichelle

    Would it work to use a blender if I don't have a food processor? I will hopefully be getting one soon, but for now I'm having to improvise. I was also wondering the same thing about the recipe for graham crackers. Thanks, Catherine, for all your wonderful recipes!

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    • Catherine

      That is just fine :)

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  • Tamara

    I saw some of the comments above - would it work to replace these with a different kind of nut or seed? I adore pine nuts, but they have gotten incredibly expensive where I live and I can't justify the cost when trying to stick to my grocery budget.

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    • Julie P

      I know what you mean. Walnuts are a good option. See all entries above for some other wonderful suggestions.

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  • Tamara

    Oh! And this may be a silly question, but do pesto and chicken go well together? Or is fish the best option with it?

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    • Julie P

      They go fabulously together. Enjoy.

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  • A.S.

    Can you freeze this? And how long will it last in the refrigerator?

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  • Jesse

    Your recipe list is missing some ingredients.

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  • Alexandra

    I can't see the ingredients past basil either...

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  • Stephanie

    Where did the rest of the recipe go? I am only seeing 2 cups of basil?

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    • Catherine McCord

      It should be fixed now!

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  • Mary Mills

    Could you repost this recipe? I am only seeing 2 cups basil on the ingredients list. Thank you!

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    • Catherine McCord

      So weird. It should be fixed now!

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