Easy 5 Minute Recipe – Fresh Pesto

March 1, 2016
Pesto Recipe Feature

I am not a cook.  I am not a big fan of anything to do with cooking in general, but I also have never been particularly good at it.  On more than one occasion I have had entire batches of cookies melt into one big mess, pour off the sides of the pan, and into the oven.  I am not sure how this is even possible, but I can attest to the fact that it is!

  While I am not a naturally gifted in the kitchen, it has been one of my goals to improve.  I don’t expect to ever turn into the next Martha Stewart, but I would like to be able to throw together a nice meal for my family.

Pesto Recipe 1

Having said that, one food I do love, and don’t mind making is pesto.  Pesto is hands down my favorite food.  If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would most definitely be pesto on some whole wheat pasta.  The first time I ever had pesto was many years ago when my sister-in-law, who is much more gifted in the kitchen than myself, made it for a family dinner.  I was instantly hooked.  I don’t make it all the time because the ingredients can be kind of expensive, but it is always worth it!  I personally like making my own pesto versus buying it in the store because I find store bought pesto to be way too oily, and it makes me feel a little sick.  By making it myself I can control the amount of oil I put in, and while it may not look like the pesto that is more of a liquid consistency that you are used to, I promise it is delicious!  Plus, you can always just add more oil if you want it to not be so thick!  I have a baseline I use for all the ingredients, but I like to taste it as I go and decide if I want to add more of something.

Pesto Recipe 2


  • 1-2 basil plants – this is probably about 2-3 cups of basil
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2-4 shakes of pepper

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Pesto Recipe Garlic

Pesto Recipe Pepper

Pesto Recipe Parmesan

Pesto Recipe Pine Nuts

Pesto Recipe Olive Oil

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, washed your basil, and cut up your garlic, all you have to do is just throw it in the food processor, turn it on, and let the magic happen!  Once everything is blended, taste, modify if needed, and you are done!  All that is left is to add it to your favorite dish!

Pesto Recipe 9
Pesto Recipe 10

Pesto Recipe 11

Pesto Recipe Pasta

Like I said, this recipe varies greatly depending on your taste, you can put more or less of any of the ingredients to make it more to your liking!  While I am not a chef, I think I am going to document my journey of my pursuit to improve my cooking skills by making it a regular feature on the blog!  I am sure there will be some flops, but I think it will be fun!



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  • Angela G. March 8, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I LOVE PESTO! Thank you! I have only made pistachio pesto… which I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND too!