Pesto Perfecto

I love pesto. Actually, my entire family does. And since it’s full of greens and good fat, we eat it regularly. Don’t bother with the jarred stuff, homemade pesto is the way to go. Luckily, making your own could not be easier.

Pesto Perfecto

Pesto Perfecto

Pesto Perfecto


  • 2 handfuls of fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup of good olive oil (I use organic olive oil from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic infused olive oil (I use organic garlic infused olive oil from Trader Joe’s)
  • handful of shredded parmesan
  • handful of sliced almonds (you can use pine nuts or pepitas too)


  1. Blend all ingredients in a powerful blender or food processor. I use my Vitamix and the results are amazingly smooth.
  2. Store in the fridge in a jar or use it immediately.

It’s hard to go wrong with pesto – add it to pasta, veggies, poached eggs or use it as a topper for grilled chicken or fish. My kids love it on noodles. The recipe above yields enough for a pound of pasta, which means we have it for dinner and save plenty for leftovers. Just the other morning, Vera ate leftover pesto pasta for breakfast. True story.

I recently found that you can substitute spinach for half the basil and get a super great result. On Friday night, with my basil plant looking rather sparse, I used a 50/50 mix of spinach and basil. It was delicious and bit more mild of a flavor.

Pesto and whole wheat pasta

Pesto and whole wheat pasta

Are you a pesto lover? Have you ever made your own? 

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  • Reply
    Kathy Lee
    09/29/2014 at 1:33 pm

    Love love love pesto!! We grow our own basil, too. I harvested all of our basil and made batches of pesto. I freeze it so we have it all year long!! I love it on my homemade pizza!!!

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    Rani Jo Watson Rommelfanger
    09/29/2014 at 2:41 pm

    I love Pesto too! Have you ever tried your recipe without the parmesan? We started doing that recently when we had taken dairy out of our diet and it’s sooo good! You don’t even miss it!

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      09/29/2014 at 5:08 pm

      You’re kidding!? Ok, I’ll try it (reluctantly). Lol.

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    10/03/2014 at 8:27 pm

    Mmmm I love pesto too! Not just for the taste, but for it’s pretty green color – it just makes me happy 🙂 This batch looks absolutely fabulous!

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    11/09/2014 at 4:04 pm

    This post and the great comments makes me want to make this! I haven’t eaten pesto in a few years but now that I’m forced to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle, this could be a terrific go-to sauce for my pasta and veggies! Thanks for posting!

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