Wednesday, July 02, 2014

mint & basil pesto

Our garden is growing and we have more basil and mint than I know what to do with so I have been making fresh pesto with the two together- the mint adds a little extra zing to the pesto! The flavor is refreshing the perfect summer flavor!


A few handfuls of basil (measures roughly to about 2 cups)
A small handful of mint (measures roughly to about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup of olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
A squeeze of lemon
A dash of salt and pepper

Note: I make pesto without the pine nuts but you can add a 1/4 cup of pine nuts to make a more traditional pesto

Blend ingredients together in a blender or food processor.
Fill an airtight jar and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

We like adding it to pasta, salads, using it as a marinate or even as a spread for bread. That little bit of mint adds such a fresh flavor that is perfect for summer meals!


luly said...

Italian recipe! So good! :)
Kisses from Rome, Italy;)

ellen vargo designs said...

Looks delicious! And I have a garden box full of mint and basil so I'll definitely have to give this a try - thanks!

Unknown said...

even your pasta/pesto looks extraordinary!

Linda Vincent said...

Wonderful photos......and a lovely recipe I look forward to trying.
Thank you Alisa.

LieselPaula said...

Beautiful pesto. You can use almonds or pecans instead of pine nuts. And we freeze some of our basil to make pesto later. Getting hungry.

Vivyane Veka said...

It looks great ! Thank you for the sharing : )


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