Now that summer is coming to an end, the basil herb is at its peak point. In order to make pesto you are going to need basil. Find out how you can make the best pesto out there. Your family will be craving this delicious herb paste at all of the family events. Since basil is the main ingredient in your pasta, you are going to have to be sure that the basil is fresh. If basil is left out in the garden too long it may turn brown. Also, if it was stored when it was wet, it may develop mold. It is important to take great care of your basil so your pesto can develop a wonderful taste. Basil is a very healthy herb for you that will leave you feeling great.

Things you will need:

Basil leaves

Brazil Nuts

Parmesan Cheese


Chili Powder (Optional)

Olive Oil

First, put 3 cups of chopped basil in a blender and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Push the slowest blend speed that you have on your blender. Make sure that you do not blend this mix for more than 30 seconds. Your mix will then create a green paste.

Add a half of a cup of Brazil nuts, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, two tablespoons of crushed garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder. Adding the chili powder is optional depending on how spicy you like it. Blend this mixture until smooth and add another tablespoon of olive oil to make it smoother.

You can now serve your pesto sauce with many different things. Bread and pasta are a few popular choices. Some use their pesto sauce as a spread which requires the pesto to be thicker. Adding more basil and less olive oil will make your spread thicker. While some use theirs as a spread, others use it as a sauce to put on top of their pasta. When using it as a sauce you will want it to be thinner. To make your sauce thinner you will need to add more olive oil. Many people purchase large pasta shells, stuff their pasta shells with pesto and cook it. For those that like cottage cheese find that using cottage cheese as well is also creates a delicious flavor. You can even freeze your pesto if you aren't going to use it all at one time. Frozen pesto is good for about 6 months. When wanting to use your leftovers you can leave out on the counter to thaw for 3-4 hours. Avoid placing the frozen bag under hot water as it could cause the bag to melt. Luckily, this is a quick but yet very delicious recipe. All you need is the ingredients and a blender. The cooking time for pesto is less than 15 minutes. The great thing about pesto is that you are able to make a big batch at a time. You can double or even triple this recipe to freeze for a later use. What a great way to impress your friends and family. They will think that you are cooking gourmet for them.