Happiness is Homemade Pesto

Happiness can come in the form of many ways. Last weekend happiness came to me in the form of making homemade pesto. It was my first time at making homemade pesto and I was so thrilled with the outcome that I’ll probably never buy ready made pasta again, unless it’s homemade from the someplace such as this Italian shop that makes fresh pasta in my neighbourhood. I nearly felt like I had been missing out on something all of my life, homemade pesto: where were you?

However, as you can see I’ve discovered the joys of making – and eating! – homemade pesto. I had wanted to make my own pesto for a long time, then (and this is beginning to be a frequent becoming) a few weeks ago Johnny from Feed the Piglet made pesto and was more than delighted with it. Check it out here and he then made some more here. So we could say he motivated me to get on with it and make it.

Eh, the fact that I have all these basil plants growing in my patio calling out to be eaten was my other motivation.

I have two types of basil plants. One has bigger leaves than the other. The one with the bigger leaves is specially for pesto I was told in the plant shop. I can’t really say which each type is called, as in which species. Considering that I had to study botanics at university, thats not very good, is it?

Pesto basil leaves

Ingredients:

Basil leaves – 1 plateful

Pine nuts – 2 1/2 handfuls

Walnuts – 1 handful

2 cloves garlic – peeled

Parmesan cheese – about a 5cm piece, cut into chunks

Salt

Black pepper – freshly ground

Olive oil – 1/3 cup

Pasta

Very simply put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend. Boil the pasta and drain when it’s al dente. Mix the pesto with the pasta.

Making pesto

Homemade pesto recipe

I served it with some chicken. It was so delicious that tonight we have a friend coming over for dinner and I plan to make some more pesto.

Pesto with chicken

Have a wonderful weekend!

28 Comments

    1. Sofia 2013-07-06 at 16:46

      Thanks! I made some more last night and it was great!

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  1. genevieveyam 2013-07-05 at 20:43

    Mm, I love pesto! It’s so delicious, easy to make, and is perfect with so many things. I try to always keep a jar of homemade pesto in my fridge- you never know when you’ll need it 😛

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      1. Sofia 2013-07-06 at 16:48

        You’re welcome Johnny!!!

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-06 at 16:48

      I was thinking about always having some in stock too, its a great idea. Because just boiling pasta and adding pesto is so quick…

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  2. johnnysenough hepburn 2013-07-05 at 22:13

    So pleased we are both making pesto. Like you I won’t be buying shop-bought again as I’ve never been keen on them. Home-made is so easy and incredibly delicious I can’t quite believe it’s taken me this long to realise 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-06 at 16:49

      Same, I won’t ever buy it again and I don’t know why it took me so long to make it too!

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  3. pianolearner 2013-07-06 at 00:09

    once you’ve made your own, you can never go back to shop bought again! we always make ours…

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-06 at 16:49

      Exactly! I also bet that the basil is also from your amazing garden 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-06 at 16:50

      Thank you, I really enjoyed it.

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  4. Laura Lynn 2013-07-06 at 16:46

    Such a beautiful colour. Thanks for the post, I have a ton of basil right now. But I don’t know what kind it is either. I threw away the seed pack. I think it will be fine though. I used it in layers when I made lasagna last week. Yummy! Now if my tomatoes would ripen….

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-06 at 16:51

      Hi Laura, no matter which type, you could make pesto 🙂 Oh yum, lasagna… I recently finished lunch but you just made me hungry again thinking of lasagna.

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  5. Sunny 2013-07-07 at 17:01

    I learnt to make this from an Italian friend and I looooove it! Parmesan cheese has to be one of the best things in the world <3 I hope you're having a great weekend, Sofia!

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-07 at 23:52

      Hi Sunny! I love all cheeses and Parmesan too! I had a great weekend, today I went to the beach. The good thing about Bcn when theres good weather is that you feel like you’re on holidays. I hope you a great time too this weekend.

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      1. Sunny 2013-07-08 at 01:27

        My mom was just telling me she wants to go to Barcelona. I’ve been there and LOVED every second of it! You’re so lucky to live there 😉

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  6. gotasté 2013-07-07 at 18:19

    I can normally find a box of pesto in my freezer and now i know who to go to in case there isn’t any 🙂

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  7. dedy oktavianus pardede 2013-07-07 at 20:01

    Nothing possibly better than a homemade pasta sauce Sofie,
    you earned to cross your finger then…hehehe

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-08 at 20:19

      Terima kasih! Soon I’ll make homemade pasta too, when I enough time…

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  8. LFFL 2013-07-08 at 12:02

    I just love a good pesto! Looks good.

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-08 at 20:26

      Thanks, it was very good!

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  9. egeedee 2013-07-08 at 17:14

    The best part is you can make it with just about any green or nut. i have a jar of pesto in the fridge that I made with spring salad mix and almonds.

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-08 at 20:27

      Yes, I want it make it with spinach when basil is out of season. And most nuts must make it taste great 🙂

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  10. Tala Ghalayini 2013-07-23 at 12:30

    i recently purchased a basil plant and im SO happy to report that it is alive and kicking!! so excited to try ur recipe from my fresh-out-of-the-pot basil! thank u!

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-23 at 21:16

      Wow I know how you feel! I’m so happy with my plants (and will write about it soon) and even spend time sitting there admiring them. I’m so happy with the basil. I thought it would be delicate but after buying them I read about them and apparenty their really resistant and grow a lot even when you use the leaves for cooking often, if its planted in a place it likes. I have 2 basil plants I got 1 month ago, and even though I’ve used both for pesto twice and for salads a few times, they’ve both grown about 4 times bigger than when I got it!!! 🙂

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      1. Tala Ghalayini 2013-07-24 at 09:56

        Glad to hear that! coz i’ve been very wary of using my plant – but honestly i LOVE LOVE pesto and the idea that its as organic as they get is even extra appealing!

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