Basil Pesto

This year I had my first successful garden.  Yes…I have tried in the past and failed!  Birds ate my tomatoes, the sun burned my plants, and bugs attacked the leaves.  I was ready to give up before one of my amazing friends jumped in and saved the day.  She gave me tons of awesome advice and it worked!  In fact, I had more tomatoes than I could possibly eat.

I planted some basil because it is supposed to help keep some of the bugs away.  They don’t like the smell.  Who knew?

I began to wonder what I was going to do with all this basil.  I had no idea.  Then, I went to WhichWhich and had pesto on my sandwich.  It. Was. Delicious.  I had to make some.

A quick google search told me that basil was a main ingredient.  WHOOO HOOO.  I had TONS of basil.

Here is what you need:

2 cups fresh basil leaves

3 cloves garlic, peeled

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1/4 cup walnuts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

20130818-191015.jpgRinse your pesto leaves and drain well.



Transfer to a food processor and add all the ingredients. Pulse until completely combined.


20130818-191116.jpgI put it in an ice cube tray and froze it.  Now, when I make a sandwich I can just pull out one cube at a time.

This is also fantastic on pasta.  Give it a try 🙂

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