How to Make Basil Pesto

The best basil pesto recipe—learn all my tricks here!

It’s hot outside, so let’s to talk about basil pesto! Have you made pesto at home yet? It’s one of my absolute favorite, ultra-flavorful sauces, and it seems fancier than it actually is. You can serve pesto on pasta or zucchini noodles, pizza, sandwiches and much more.

pesto ingredients

Homemade pesto is infinitely more tasty than the jarred varieties, and it’s very easy to make if you have a food processor or blender. Traditionally speaking, pesto is made in a mortar and pestle, but I can’t imagine anything worse than crushing basil by hand, one handful at a time. (Actually, I can: washing a sink full of dishes by hand.)

Surprisingly, Kenji from Serious Eats says that if you freeze and thaw the basil leaves first, the food processor makes even better pesto. I haven’t tried yet, but I’m intrigued. Keep reading to learn all about basil pesto!

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