Walnut Basil Pesto – preserving summer basil

Got an abundance of summer basil and parsley and not quite sure how to make it last?


Try this recipe:

1 cup organic walnuts

6 cups fresh basil leaves( blanched in boiling water for 30 secs and cooled in a water bath)

1 cup parsley

1 tsp salt

fresh ground pepper

i head of garlic – peel the cloves

1 cup of good quality olive oil


Add everything but the olive oil into a food processor and pulse to a paste, slowly add the olive oil and blend until smooth. You can adjust the salt and pepper to taste. I added 2 chilies from my garden.

Normally pesto has parmesan cheese in it but I omitted it as I am going to freeze this. You can add it when you decide to use the cubes,

Pour the pesto into a ice cube tray and freeze. You can take out the cubes as you need them for salads, sandwiches, dip and pasta. I used some on a avocado, red onion and tomato sandwich today.

Its a foolproof recipe!


3 thoughts on “Walnut Basil Pesto – preserving summer basil

    1. Thanks so much Malar…hope you do try it. I used some on avocado, red onion and red tomato sandwiches today for lunch and it was delicious!


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