We planted some fresh herbs this year in small planters on our back patio. Well, actually DH did. But I went and bought the seeds. Now we have tons and tons of fresh basil. Yum, yum! I am having to find recipes to make sure to use it all up. Tough life, huh?
Fresh pesto can be expensive to make, if you have to purchase fresh basil and the pine nuts and the Parmesan cheese. Things can add up very quickly. So I have a little trick for you all. Of course, grow your own basil if you can--that saves you $3-$4 each time you make it.
Next, pine nuts are extremely expensive! At Costco, they are around $15 a bag, which of course, it is a large quantity, but it's a nearly half of my weekly grocery budget. DH mentioned at his restaurant, they make their pesto with peeled almonds instead (see my tip here for peeling almonds), for that very same reason. Really, I thought....I will have to try that. This is what I came up with.
Fresh Basil Pesto
1-2 cloves fresh garlic
1 1/2 cups fresh basil
1/4 cup peeled almonds
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil to desired consistency
With food processor running, drop peeled garlic cloves through feed tube to mince. Once minced, add basil, almonds, and Parmesan to food processor and process to combine to a paste like consistency. Add olive oil to desired thickness. Turns out I like mine a little thicker and DH likes his a little saucier. Go figure!
Hope you love it as much as we did!
This recipe is linked to:
Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday
Blessed With Grace Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap
Life as Mom Ultimate Recipe Swap
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