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Organic Basil Pesto Sauce at home

Organic Basil Pesto Sauce is easy to make at home and really saves money because buying store pesto is expensive.  The pine nuts are not cheap but it’s cheaper to buy the ingredients even if you don’t grow your own basil.
Organic Basil Pesto Sauce
 In addition to our herb garden, we dedicated one planter for basil.    It produces enough basil for us to enjoy all summer in all our Italian dishes and we make pesto as often as possible.   Basil Pesto and Bruschetta are probably the two most popular ways we use our fresh basil out of the garden.
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growing basil in a half whiskey barrel
Making Organic Basil Pesto Sauce begins with growing basil organically or buying organic basil.  But we choose to grow it since it’s pretty expensive.  In our garden, it’s pretty simple to grow organically since we only have a small contained basil garden.  We buy organic basil seeds and start our plants in a seed tray inside before transplanting them in the garden.    We don’t use any pesticides on our herb garden nor do we use a weed killer.   All weeds are pulled by hand and our plants are carefully checked by hand to remove any harmful pests.     And we only use compost for a fertilizer that is made in our home compost bin.

How to Make Organic Basil Pesto Sauce:

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves, organic
  • 1/2 cup organic pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt
  • black pepper
Organic Basil Pesto Sauce
All you need is a food processor or you can use a blender and basically start throwing in ingredients and blend. 
Making Organic Basil Pesto Sauce
Go ahead and start a pot of water to boil some pasta because as soon as you finish this delicious smelling sauce, you will be looking for some pasta.  Enjoy my friends!!

How do you use Basil Pesto:

Using Basil Pesto


Serve Basil Pesto:

  • Spoon organic Basil Pesto over hot pasta, straight or mixed with Alfredo sauce to make Crema Pesto sauce. 
  • Use it as a spread on a panini or baked into bread recipes
  • mixed with salad dressing and in soups.
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Can you freeze Pesto:

Yes you can freeze basil pesto.   Before the first frost, harvest all your herbs except rosemary since it’s an evergreen unless you live in a very harsh climate.  
  • Spoon the pesto into either old fashioned ice trays or use these Silicone Cube Trays (super easy to remove pesto) Place in freezer and freeze overnight. 
  • After freezing the pods of pesto can be popped out and placed in a ziplock bag or freezer container.   Then you can use as much or little as needed without defrosting all of it.  

These trays could also be used  for chicken broth or beef broth, soups or tomato paste or sauce or ….  Let us know your ideas in the comments below. 


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Using organic Basil Pesto
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5 from 4 votes

Organic Basil Pesto

Easy Basil Pesto from organic basil
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil pesto, organic pesto
Servings: 8
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Combine basil and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse a few times
  • Add cheese and garlic, pulse several times more (scrape sides of processor as needed.
  • With food processor running , slowly pour olive oil in to emulsify (again scrap sides of processor as needed)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • If not using immediately, place in a tightly sealed container to prevent browning

To Freeze Pesto

  • Spoon the pesto into either old fashioned ice trays or use this awesome  Prepworks Freezer Pod trays Place in freezer and freeze overnight.
  • After freezing the pods of pesto can be popped out and placed in a ziplock bag or freezer container.   Then you can use as much or little as needed without defrosting all of it.  


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe Rating


Wednesday 21st of October 2015

Basil Pesto is one of my favorite things!! And this recipe is so easy! Love it!

Linda Nortje

Monday 19th of October 2015

I've stopped counting how many times I promised myself to make some Basil pesto ! Maybe I should just order a bottle of yours, looks delicious !


Monday 19th of October 2015

Oh, yum! Thanks for posting this recipe. I had no idea it was so easy to make. I have basil growing in my garden; this will be a great use for it!