Granny’s Pine Nut Pesto || Homemade in a Hurry
Everyone has a pesto recipe somewhere in their family. And in my (fairly limited, to be honest) research, I haven’t seen major variation among pesto recipes. Most have basil, some kind of nuts, olive oil, garlic, etc. I don’t claim to know what is the best pesto recipe out there, but this one is pretty darn good. And I can promise that I won’t be buying jars of pre-made pesto ever again. We really think that you will like this speedy little treat. And this time of year, it’s a great way to use up those herbs from your garden that won’t last much longer! This Pine Nut Pesto recipe can be found in Granny’s Pesto Pasta Salad, but it is so good, it deserves a spot on its own to shine. So, shine on, dear Pine Nut Pesto. Shine on.
Granny's Pine Nut Pesto is so delish that I'll never buy a pre-made jar of pesto again! Whip some up and keep it in the fridge for all of your pesto needs!
- 3/4 c packed snipped basil
- 1/3 c parmesan cheese
- 3 T pine nuts, toasted
- 1/3 c olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/8 t pepper
Toast pine nuts by heating in a dry skillet over medium low heat until fragrant. Watch carefully because they will burn shortly after becoming fragrant.
In a blender or food processor, combine basil, cheese, 3 T pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover, and blend with several on/off turns until a paste forms. With the blade running, gradually blend in olive oil.