Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto

This recipe is something that you can make quickly and easily using a blender. Everything you need is easy to find in your local supermarket. This paste is great for putting on or in meat and pastas, or with cottage cheese in stuffed pasta shells.

Once I start making this, the orders from friends and family keep coming in. For best taste, pesto should be heated up in the meal it’s being prepared with.

As demonstrated at the FarmShare Adventure CSA and Warehouse Market


3 cups chopped fresh basil
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/8 cup Brazil nuts
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon chili powder


Prep: 15m
Servings: 12
Ready: 15m

  1. Place the basil in a blender. Pour in about 1 tablespoon of the oil, and blend basil into a paste.
  2. Gradually add pine nuts, Brazil nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, chili powder, and remaining oil.
  3. Continue to blend until smooth.

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