Friday, May 24, 2013

HomeGrown Basil Walnut Pesto

Dark Purple Opal Basil
We love Pesto!!!  Sometimes I go a bit nuts on the garlic and it irritates my stomach but I just can't get enough. *pictures from my garden*

Pesto is so simple to make that I don't know why I ever bought it from the store in the first place!

I grow LOADS of basil and this is a great way to use and preserve fresh basil.  I don't just use the leaves, I throw in the cuttings of flowers as well so they don't go to waste.

One thing I don't have anymore is a food processor.  It quit last year so everything goes in the blender these days.  Works just great!

In case you missed the Amazing Guest: Sandra from Vegan Mother Hubbard  she shared her version of Walnut Pesto.  Mine is slightly different but they're both simple and delicious!
Fine Verde Basil

Mary's HomeGrown Basil Walnut Pesto

3 cups basil, Green or Purple
5 cloves garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 cup walnuts
1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Add all items to your blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

I made a delicious Pesto Pizza using flax & whole wheat pitas and homegrown tomatoes! (RECIPE tomorrow)

Sharing this deliciousness HERE.  Join me!


  1. I like a nice garlic-y pest too!

  2. I've been making my own pesto for the last three years and freezing it. I don't add water and wondered why you do. Either way, it's delicious and I use it constantly!

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  4. Your basil is gorgeous! Mine is off to such a slow start this year. Looking forward to the recipe for the pizzas!
    Cheers, Andrea

  5. I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.
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  6. I have been growing my own basil with making my own pesto in mind. Love this recipe. Found you over on Life on Lakeshore Drive's linky party.

  7. I love pesto! It is so easy to make. I just have to start growing some basil myself now :). Thanks so much for dharing your recipe with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party!

    The Wondering Brain

  8. I made some pesto last year and fresh it was great - what I froze wasn't that great :) I've got to find a recipe that freezes well since we have such an abundance of basil in the summer!

  9. I had no idea pesto could be so simple! Or that basil came in PURPLE! haha - ya learn something new... Will definitely be whipping this up - no more jarred pesto!

  10. We can't get enough pesto here either! We make it nonstop all summer. I've never used purple basil though. I've got it growing in my yard though. We need to try that! Visiting from Real Food Fridays!


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