Pleasing Pesto Recipe

One of my favorite things to whip up is Pesto.  My dad used to make it sometimes when I was in college and when I finally got my own apartment and my own basil plant – I couldn’t wait to make some of my own.  Nick – was skeptical.  He had never liked pesto as a child and the color completely turned him off.  I promised him he would like it if he gave it a whirl. It turns out it is one of his favorite things I cook up. It’s a quick, easy and delicious dinner fix when time or motivation isn’t in your favor.



Susie’s Pleasing Pesto Recipe


1/3 cup of Pignoli (Pine) Nuts
2-3 Cups of Fresh Basil
1/2 cup of Premium Olive Oil (I usually use less initially and then gauge the consistency of the pesto as I blend it)
1-2 cloves of garlic. (I like to use a large piece and a smaller piece)
1/2 cup of Parmesean Cheese
1 teaspoon of Kosher sea  salt
Pepper to taste



To begin – I like to soak my Basil in ice water with a capful of Apple Cider Vinegar for, about, 20 minutes. Afterwards, I rinse the wash off and squeeze out any excess water with a cloth napkin.  It gets all the pesky garden critters off the leaves before preparing it.

Combine all ingredients in mixer. While mixing – tend to gauge the consistency of the pesto and see whether or not I need to add more olive oil.  When completely blended together and creamy – transfer from mixer to sealed container. Store in refrigerator.

I find that it usually makes enough for just about a pound of pasta.

Disclaimer: I am an eyeball cooker …. (ohhh sounds gross!). I very rarely follow recipes and often just gauge things as I make them by tasting them. However – when I blog recipes – I try my very best to write down all measurements and ingredients that I use to make the meal as delicious as possible! 


**Please note – I am NOT a chef – by any means of the word.  However – this recipe does get the Nick Frost Stamp of Approval. AND he is, by far, the most critical food critic there is**


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