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Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Light, Fresh, and Herby Homemade Basil Pesto. {made in 5 minutes} | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #sauce

Fresh Homemade Basil Pesto made with pecans instead of pine nut to give it some extra body, but the same great herby flavor!

So… tomorrow is my birthday.

But its not just any birthday, its my 30th birthday!

I’m kinda sad about it. Well.. maybe not sad but more in shock that I am actually 30! I still feel like I just graduated from college and got married. But I didn’t! I graduated 8 years ago and have been married for 8 years! I’m starting to feel a little old.

Light, Fresh, and Herby Homemade Basil Pesto. {made in 5 minutes} | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #sauce

Instead of sulking in misery over my pending 20’s demise. I thought I would turn my frown upside down and just eat pesto by the spoonful. 🙂 

On a side note, I seriously could eat this stuff by the spoonful. Pesto is one of those things that puts me in a happy place no matter what.

Why you ask? Well…

Light, Fresh, and Herby Homemade Basil Pesto. {made in 5 minutes} | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #sauce

It is made with all fresh and natural ingredients, so definitely guilt free.

It can be done in less than 5 minutes because you can make it in the blender.

It is super versatile and can be made with any variation of products that you have on hand. Roasted Red Pepper, Artichoke, Kalamata Olives, Spinach… you name it… it will work.

Light, Fresh, and Herby Homemade Basil Pesto. {made in 5 minutes} | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #sauce

Pesto is one of those sauces that you can put on just about anything, on a pizza, pasta, sandwich, fried eggs, roasted vegetables, or just a sauce to dip your bread in. It is basically the ultimate sauce!

Light, Fresh, and Herby Homemade Basil Pesto. {made in 5 minutes} | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #sauce

This Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce I have for you today is very basic, but believe me it can definitely be messed around with. If you are a newbie in the kitchen, Pesto is the perfect sauce to be experimental with. You can’t really mess it up. Just substitute your favorite vegetable for the basil or sub out the nuts with a different nut. Whatever you want. Have fun with it!

Light, Fresh, and Herby Homemade Basil Pesto. {made in 5 minutes} | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #sauce

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Basil Pesto in a Small White Dish Beside Half a Lemon

Homemade Basil Pesto

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This fresh homemade Basil Pesto is made with pecans instead of pine nut to give it some extra body, but the same great herby flavor!


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups fresh packed basil
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil (or 2/3 cup depending on the type of consistency you like)
  • 1/3 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Blend basil, pecans, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil till smooth.
  3. Once completely blended stir in the parmesan cheese.

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