My husband and I grew this basil from little seedlings, so we have been waiting until it was bushy enough to FINALLY use it! The picture above is actually our basil plant. Below is a pretty basic pesto recipe. This was just enough to serve 2 people. To serve more, you may want to double or tripple it. Enjoy!
1 c. basil
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic (caution: garlic is spicy when eaten raw)
1 Tbs raw pine nuts
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1. In a food processor combine the pine nuts and garlic cloves. I did not toast my pine nuts, but for a nuttier flavor, you totally can. Pulse for a few seconds until they’ve broken up a bit.
2. Add in your bail. Pulse it in for about 3 seconds.
3. Add in the cheese, oil, lemon zest, and salt. Pulse until blended. If you pulse for too long, the eat from the blade can actually cook the basil so only blend it for a few second each time.
4. Taste to adjust your salt. Feel free to add in some lemon juice or even some cream. Serve with cooked noodles and a little extra grated Parmesan and you have yourself a delicious bowl of pasta!