Pesto is one of the most versatile sauces, making just about everything taste better. It also happens to be insanely easy to make, so you don’t have to worry about following the recipe too closely.  I love to make big batches of pesto this time of year, when fresh basil just starts to be available in abundance.  While the recipe below is for a very basic, traditional Italian pesto, feel free to experiment with your favorite nuts and herbs.


Total time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4 

2 cups fresh basil leaves
¼ cup pine nuts
2-3 cloves of garlic
¼ cup grated parmigiano (or Parmesan) cheese
2/3 cup olive oil
Freshly cracked pepper

1. Combine basil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor (or blender or magic bullet) and pulse until coarsely chopped. 2. Add the cheese to the mixture and pulse until combined.
3. Slowly pour olive oil into the mixture until it reaches desired consistency. 4. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with pasta, bread, or even as an accompaniment to fish or chicken.