There is nothing like homemade pesto from fresh basil in the garden.
After picking the basil, Mr. A trimmed off the flowers.
He had researched the best recipe earlier in the day and had all his ingredients ready.
The garlic and then the roasted pine nuts go in the food processor first.
Then the basil.
While that processed, olive oil is slowly added.
Juice of half a lemon. Parmesan cheese is then grated.
And added last.
What a pretty color!
Whole wheat linguini, fresh pesto with parmesan cheese.
Add barbecued ginger chicken skewers and a salad of arugula, pear and goat cheese.
That was our summer dinner a few nights ago. Recipe as follows:
3 cloves garlic
1/2 C. roasted pine nuts
3 C. basil leaves
2/3 C. olive oil
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
2/3 C. parmesan cheese coarsely ground
Process the garlic first, then the pine nuts. Add the basil leaves. Pour in the olive oil, juice of half a lemon, salt and pepper while processing. Add the coarsely ground parmesan cheese last.
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Thanks Michael for hosting!
I'm also sharing this recipe with everyone at Get Healthy Cheap.
Yum! I love growing fresh basil too ... it is so easy to grow!
Oh how YUMMY! I'll be right over;)!
I love a man who is handy in the kitchen! Go Mr. A! How are you two ever going to go back to the City?
Delores...you are going to LOVE Italy! Mr. A did a great job...love that color! XO Trish
Delores, The pesto looks great! I am admiring your stunning blog - I love your large photos. Simply beautiful!
That is a yummy recipe with such lush and FRESH basil! By the way, the Arabain Family olive oil is that your own brand?!
Greetings from Georgia,
Very nice....my basil does not want to grow so well this year. Lots of small leaves.
Delores, please tell your DH that I'm VERY impressed with his culinary skills!! Mine can fry balony...that's about it. LOL
How wonderful that you could use your OWN family's harvest olives in the olive oil for your recipes!! That is SO cool!
I will share this recipe with DD, who just cut all my fresh basil. They love pesto at their house. Me...not so much. I grow it so I can use little bits of basil in cooking but she harvests the bulk of it. I don't mind. I just like to grow it. :-)
Thanks for your sweet comments about my sweet Caroline. She is truly the light of my life!!
You'll understand once your kids start reproducing...just wait!!
So glad to see that someone's basil is doing well. Ours is struggling here in the beautiful NW! I have figured out how to make pesto with parsely and walnuts though and it is delicious!
I can smell the basil. I love pesto and pasta and I will have to try that recipe. I just need a nice food processor like that one. I have a little one. I guess I can use my blender.
Mmmmmm- fresh parm! That pesto is a MUST! I look forward to trying it out! YUM! And those Ginger Chicken Skewers look TO DIE FOR!
Thanks for the inspiration!
I love pesto, and fresh from your garden...so great. That dinner sounds amazing! Love the pictures, thanks for sharing!
My favorite thing in the garden is the basil. I love the way my hands smell after I pinch some off. Mine is wanting to bolt so I am out pinching it often these days. I love, love, love pesto and could eat it on just about anything. Your pasta looks fabulous and the ginger glaze sounds great.
Delores that looks heavenly to me, Fresh Pesto, YUM!!! I drove past your lovely hometown on my way to Half Moon Bay today, I waved to YOU!! Kathysue
I looooove home made pesto - there's nothing quite like it is there?! Will have to wait a couple more months for our Aussie summer before my basil is thriving before I can make a batch!
Found your lovely blog on Designs by Gollum!
Absolutely beautiful AND delicious! I never really knew how easy it was to make homemade pesto.
I'd love for you to share this recipe with my readers at my blog carnival.
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I have a pesto recipe a friend gave me years ago: no lemon, but add some sweet vermouth! It's the best one I have ever found; try it!
I spy an "Arabian Family" label. Interesting.
Oh yes, you're right... there's nothing like a batch of homemade pesto! Btw, I LOVE your kitchen (at least what I could see of it). Love, love, love!
I have a huge basil plant on the kitchen counter. I think I will give your pesto recipe a try tonight. Thanks.
Huumm!!! this smell.... You can keep the flowers and put them in a salad or mix them with cheese cream... delicious!
You have convinced me that I need a basil garden AND a food processor. That looks wonderful! - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com
I am going to have to try your receipe...it looks so good!
Btw...saw lots of painted roosters today at Macy's on sale...in case you need a few more!
I love homemade pesto--using it on pasta is a great idea!
Thanks for the basil recipe, I'll have to try it. I have one for you - it's my favorite sandwich EVER: bread, basil, havarti, and honey. Oh my gosh - YUM. You could add tomato too...
My basil is ready to harvest and I'm thinking Tuesday will be the day. I want to make a ton of this stuff and freeze it for all those winter nights! Thanks for the recipe. It looks like a really good one!
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