Presto Pesto

Presto Pesto

Homemade is always good. Homegrown even better – My mantra for this summer for those who have been tuning in. This is another of those beautifully satisfying posts of a most popular Italian Spread. I have tried to keep it authentic in that I added absolutely no “spicy hot stuff” and I want to say it tasted perfect – of course only judging by the gusto with which the kiddos spread away :)

My basil plants are still fledglings and while I got some of my basil from there, I have to thank my friend for allowing me to pick some from her wonderful garden.

The recipe without much further chitchat.

About 4 cups of basil leaves
1/2 cup of pine nuts
4 tbsp grated parmesan
2 tbsp grated Romano
1/4 cup of olive oil +1 tbsp
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp salt

Wash basil thoroughly
Remove basil leaves from the stem
Add all the ingredients to the food processor and blend until you get a coarse texture
Transfer into a serving dish – Add more olive oil and stir in.

Spread on french bread, have it in pasta or any which way you like
This is my green dish for Independence Day :)
And stay tuned for my Garden Fresh Gonkura Chutney.

Some pictures…

It turns dark as soon as you make it – stir to see the green above!

Posted on

August 15, 2012


  1. hmm this green spread looks awesome…

  2. Homemade + homegrown = amazing. I've always wanted to make my own pesto, but I never have enough basil. Your pesto looks so yummy.

  3. It's awesome Pesto all time fav..You made it tempting and flavorful!

  4. Basil is back bone of Italian cooking and adding pine nuts make this sauce more flavourful..Thanks for sharing..

  5. Wonderful that you got to do the pesto from scratch. I love it home made always.

  6. wow.. yummy sandwich..

  7. O congrats for the award.

  8. Fresh & vibrant green pesto!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. Looks good your pesto! Makes an easy family meal!

  10. Looks good your pesto! Makes an easy family meal!

  11. Flavorful green spread,looks delicious.

  12. oh my!! im drooling!what a lovely snack/ appetizer! im a big fan of pesto :)

  13. This is delicious the addition of Parmesan ..hugs


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