Basil pesto is a fresh sauce, smells excellent, and has a ton of flavor. It's easy to make and tastes like summer. All you need is a handful of fresh ingredients.
Basil pesto is one of my best-loved sauces on almost anything, from zucchini noodles to chicken to salmon. I find that basil pesto instantly improves the taste of any dish with its fragrant, herbaceous, nutty, creamy, garlicky, and all-around divine flavor.
Basil pesto also makes me think of my trips to Italy, which is good. That smell takes me back to the Italian Riviera and prepares my stomach for a delicious meal I know is coming. You can buy basil pesto already packaged at the store, but it's far from the fresh ones you can make at home.
The good news is that making basil pesto at home was challenging. You need a few simple things, like fresh basil, pine nuts, cashew nuts, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and Parmigiano Reggiano, if you want.
CAN YOU MAKE A DAIRY-FREE, VEGAN BASIL PESTO?
Absolutely! When guests are allergic to dairy products, I often prepare this dish without the cheese. It's not missing anything if you don't use cheese because the cashews in the recipe add much of the smoothness that the cheese would generally bring.
BUT IF YOU’D LIKE A CHEESY BASIL PESTO RECIPE
If you like cheese, you should buy the best you can. Never buy those cans of parmesan cheese that have already been grated. Not only do they have no taste, but they may also contain things like wood pulp that don't taste good. I suggest a good cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano, which you should grate. You'll be glad you did.
HOW TO MAKE BASIL PESTO
Basil pesto is very easy to make at home. You can use a blender. In my Zucchini Noodle Caprese recipe, I showed you how to use a food processor. Today, I'm showing you how to create it in my Vitamix.
- Just start with the olive oil and lemon juice, then add the rest of the ingredients.
- Turn your Vitamix (or Food Processor) high and push the components into the blades using the tamper.
- You can make fresh, healthy, delicious-smelling basil pesto in seconds. Yes, it is really that simple.
Basil pesto can be frozen for quick and easy meals. Just freeze any leftovers in a silicone tray for ice cubes. In my video about kitchen gadgets, I showed you how to do this with fresh herbs and olive oil. And pesto made with basil is no different. Then, when you want some pesto, take a basil pesto cube out of the freezer, let it thaw, and add it to your chilli recipe. It's straightforward, and the ice cubes can stay frozen for months. After they are frozen, just put them in a food storage container.
What ingredients are in basil pesto?
Fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil, and Parmesan cheese are the main ingredients in traditional pesto. It comes together quickly using a food processor: The nuts, lemon juice, and garlic should all be coarsely minced in the food processor and re-pulse after adding the basil.
What uses does pesto basil have?
In addition to delivering fresh flavor, pesto is healthy. The Mediterranean diet, which is heart-healthy, includes some of its elements. In addition, certain nutrients may lower your chance of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
How is pesto made?
Crushed garlic, coarse salts, European pine nuts, basil leaves, and hard cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano (also called Parmesan cheese) or Pecorino Sardo (a cheese made from sheep's milk) are the staple ingredients of pesto (Italian: [pesto]), a sauce that is typically combined with olive oil.
What flavor does pesto have?
It could not be easy to sum up, the flavor of pesto as a whole. It has a nutty and garlicky flavor. Floral flavors are contrasted with a hint of cheese's saltiness. Pasta dishes benefit from the earthy, savory, and deep umami taste that pesto adds.