July 26, 2011

Martha Stewart Living Pesto

Growing up my mother made a lot of pesto. I remember watching her put the ingredients in the food processor and loving the smell of the fresh basil and pine nuts. Over the years I have tried just about every pesto recipe I can find, from the basic to the unusual. However, I have always come back to the basic pesto recipe, which I love for its clean taste and simplicity. Recently, an issue of Martha Stewart Living had a recipe for Pesto, which like all pesto recipes looked simple and delicious.

Making pesto literally takes about five minutes. This recipe has 6 ingredients and all the work is done in the food processor. The recipe that I used is slightly different than the web version, my version only makes about 3/4 of a cup of pesto and uses two cups of fresh basil. I freeze my pesto in ice cube trays and then pop out a cube when I run out of time to make dinner and stir it together with pasta.

Homemade pesto is a delicious, quick way to get dinner on the table. It's also a great way to use extra fresh basil from your garden and works well frozen in ice cube trays for later use. Pesto is always a hit with my family and is a stable in my household, especially during the summer months. This is a great recipe for people that don't cook frequently and want to make more meals from scratch, it goes together quickly and can be used on meat, pizza or pasta.

For the recipe go to Martha Stewart Pesto Recipe.


  1. I must say it looks delicious but do you have a sure fire recipe for tomato pesto, that is my favourite.

  2. That looks great. I love your ice cube tray idea, too!


  3. @Wendy I do make tomato pesto, but I normally just do it by taste and don't follow a recipe. I will look around and see if I have any recipes, great idea for a future post,thanks!

    @Kristin It works great, I just can take out one cube and it defrosts in no time. It's a super quick dinner idea.

  4. Great idea! I just got a bunch of garlic from my CSA so I think I need to make some pesto!

  5. I love pesto. Thanks for the inspiration! Your pasta looks delish. I recently used pesto in a potato salad. That was yummy!

  6. I love pesto and could eat it every day. I must remember to make extra next time and freeze it for another time-great idea!

    Best wishes,

  7. @Simply Life Pesto is a great way to use extra garlic!

    @Aspiring New Moms I have added pesto to potato salad and it's delicious!

    @Natasha It's so easy to make extra and freeze, saves me so much time at dinner, I can just defrost one serving.

  8. Love making my own pesto. I have a huge plant growing, just waiting to make this.


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