This easy homemade pesto recipe is perfect for a quick and delicious weeknight meal. My favorite part of this recipe is that you can freeze the pesto in ice cube trays and then have garden fresh pesto all year round!
My inspiration for this recipe came out of a need to make something with all of the fresh parsley growing in the garden. I had previously always made pesto with just basil. I discovered that adding parsley actually made my recipe better! It adds a nice subtle flavor that pairs perfectly with the basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.
Once you see how easy this homemade pesto recipe is, I promise you that you will never buy store bought pesto again!
Step 1: Prepare the Homemade Pesto Ingredients
For this easy homemade pesto recipe you will need fresh basil and parsley. You cannot use dried herbs.
- 4-5 sprigs of fresh Parsley
- 4 springs of fresh Basil
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Step 2: Blend all the Homemade Pesto Ingredients
Step 3: Serve homemade pesto over pasta, veggies, fish or meat
This easy homemade pesto recipe is so versatile. I love to serve it over pasta for a simple and quick meal. My children love when I saute shrimp in the pesto mix and then add that over a pasta dish. I have most recently added it on top of veggie burgers and this has become my new favorite way to spice up a meal!
Above: Veggie burger topped with avocado, tomato slices and fresh pesto
Below: Pesto added to bow tie pasta
The Best Homemade Pesto
- 4-5 sprigs Fresh Parsley
- 4 sprigs Fresh Basil
- 4-5 cloves Garlic
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
- Blend all of the ingredients together. If the pesto is too dry, add more EVOO slowly into the blender until you have a smooth and creamy consistency. Serve over pasta, chicken, steak, fish, pizza or use for a dipping sauce for bread.
Tip when making Homemade Pesto:
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Double the recipe and you will then have extra homemade pesto to freeze. The simplest way to freeze pesto is to add it into ice-cube trays. Then when you want to make homemade pesto another night, you can simply defrost 2-3 cubes and keep the rest frozen. I love the Amazon, because they have lids which make freezing so simple!Ice Cube Trays – CASELAND Easy Release 2 Pack Silicone 15 Ice Trays with Spill-Resistant Removable Lid Stackable Durable and Dishwasher Ice Cube Molds BPA Free