Perfect Pesto Recipe

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In honor of St. Patty’s day, this Sunday I made a delicious pesto sauce. So what if pesto sauce is more Italian than it is Irish…it most certainly is a bright vibrant green! And I didn’t get pinched by any leprechauns so they obviously saw that I was wearing green (even if it was only slathered around my mouth)…

Anyway, pesto is a delightfully easy sauce to make and it adds so much flavor that whatever you put it on could taste like paper and you would still be shoveling it in bite after bite. However, I recommend something a little more appetizing like whole wheat pasta, spaghetti squash, meatballs, or a sandwich like this one! It’s a breakfast sandwich and it would be pinned up in my Recipe Hall of Fame Room if I had such a room, which, sadly, I do not. Maybe someday…once I have kids and those kids go off to college and I renovate my least favorite kid’s room…that’ll be my Hall of Fame Room. Only kidding! I’ll probably choose the middle child’s since they’re always the forgotten one anyway…

Smoked Salmon, Egg, and Pesto Breakfast Sandwich

LOL! I’m guessing you’re a fan of pesto, because frankly who isn’t, so here’s a super quick and simple pesto recipe for you to follow. It only takes about 5 minutes and you simply need a food processor and a quick trip to the farmers market or grocery to get started. Don’t get intimidated by the fancy flavor of this sauce, it really only requires you to dump the ingredients in the food processor and blend so keep reading! This will take any boring meal to the next level!

Interesting facts about basil: Basil…the Super Herb! Did you know that basil has incredible anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties? Basil contains eugenol, a volatile oil that blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal treatment for people with arthritis.  Basil has also been shown to stop the growth of many bacteria, even some that have become resistant to antibiotics. Basil, especially as an extract or oil, is also known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties that can protect the body from premature aging, common skin issues, age-related problems and even some types of cancer.  Way to go basil! Read more about the health benefits of basil here.

Perfect Pesto Recipe

Here’s What You’ll Need:

♦ Food Processor

♦ 3 cups fresh organic basil leaves (whats the point of eating healthy if you’re just going to fill your body with chemical pesticides?)

♦ 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (you can add more if you want the pesto to be runnier, I like it thicker more like a spread than a sauce)

♦ 1/4 cup pine nuts

♦ 3 garlic cloves minced

♦ about 10 very thin slices of Parmesan cheese or about 2 tbs shredded

♦ 1/2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)

♦ 1/4 tsp black pepper

Makes about 3/4 cup of sauce totaling 866 calories, 93g fat, 3g fiber, 6g protein. Each tablespoon of this has about 72 calories and 7.75g of fat so 2 tablespoons per sitting should be plenty! The flavor is really strong, so a little goes a long way! =]

This lasted 3 days between my boyfriend and I (we have good willpower at times). A bit was used on sandwiches, some on leftover spaghetti squash, and the rest was used as a dip for some meatballs (which recipe will be coming shortly!).

Prefect Pesto Recipe

Here’s What You’ll Do:

Pick the basil leaves off the thick stems. Wash any dirt off and pat dry with a paper towel.

Combine all ingredients except the Parmesan cheese into the food processor and blend until smooth. You can add more or less olive oil depending on how you like the consistency, but be warned, the more you add the more calories and fat you’re also adding…yes, it’s healthy fat but too much of anything is never good!

Add the Parmesan slices and blend until the cheese is well mixed in.

Serve however you’d like. It makes a perfect dip, sauce, or sandwich spread! You can also use your fingers and no one can judge you for that because you made it!

Prefect Pesto Recipe

leftovers go in the tupperware for later!

♥Santa Monica Life♥

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11 Responses to “Perfect Pesto Recipe”
  1. truefoodlove says:

    Delicious! I love making pesto too. It’s so versatile and full of great flavour and raw nutrients! I love making it with a variety of nuts and greens like kale and arugula! 🙂

  2. L. D says:

    You! Didn’t know about all the health benefits! Great!!!

    • alidaniel says:

      Haha I didn’t either until I did a little research! It’s amazing how fresh ingredients can add so much flavor and provide such great health benefits too.=]

  3. Levi Jordan says:

    SWEET! Im doing this 🙂

  4. Ani Danelz says:

    Gotta love pesto! I made a batch the other day with asparagus instead of basil to celebrate spring (even though it’s still 25 degrees here). The recipe is on my blog if you want to try it, I thought it was even better than basil pesto!

  5. This looks amazing! You can’t beat that bright green color 🙂 I would use this on sandwiches- yum!

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