I’ve been on a serious pesto kick lately. It all started with a delicious chicken basil pesto pizza, which I’ve since reordered approximately 15 times. Since then, I’ve started to buy jars of pesto regularly from the store. In my humble opinion, pesto takes sandwiches and pasta to a whole new level.
Pesto consists of only five ingredients: basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. So the more pesto I found myself consuming, the more I wondered: Couldn’t I just make this myself?
As always, the answer is yes. Yes, I can make it myself, and so can you!
It’s the perfect time to grow a fresh batch of basil, too, because spring and summer are fiiiinally on their way, and pesto is the spring-iest sauce there is. The recipe traditionally calls for fresh basil leaves, which is an herb that flourishes during the hotter parts of the year. If it’s not quite fresh basil season in your location yet, and you can’t find any at the grocery store, well, you’re in the exact same position that I was in when I made this pesto. As I discovered, you can substitute dried basil for a result that’s also delicious and will tide you over until spring arrives for real.
There are many variations of pesto that you can play around with, from spinach to walnut. Either way, the result is nutty, cheesy, and herbal, and it goes well with so many different dishes. Also, homemade pesto makes for a very impressive dinner party meal, or even as a wrapped gift.
Find the full ingredients list and recipe for an easy homemade pesto below.