September 5th

Homemade pesto

One summer about six years ago, I watched 4th of July fireworks from a crabbing boat in the Puget Sound. Ask me what I remember about that trip, other than freezing my shorts and flip flopped-butt off? The food. Other than the absolute best seafood I’ve ever eaten (crab we caught, boiled in salt water from the sound), another guest brought homemade pesto. At that point my domestic skills amounted to following the directions on a Kraft box, so the idea of raising a basil garden, as this woman had, sounded like traveling to the moon.

I was entranced.

Homemade Pesto

Homemade pesto

Ever since I’ve dreamed of having enough basil to make my own pesto. When a friend from church recently handed me bags from his garden, and I paired it with cups full from my own, I knew the time had arrived. A few recycled jars from the pantry, a giant bag of walnuts, some great olive oil and spices later and BAM! Pesto.

Homemade pesto

Homemade pesto

Homemade pesto

Homemade pesto

I intentionally didn’t add cheese because I plan on gifting two of these and freezing the other. I’ll add Romano when I cook with this. I’m thinking of using it as a marinde for baked chicken, served over tiny whole wheat shells with parmesean and a side of fabulous.

Homemade pesto

Homemade pesto

Basil forest for homemade pesto? Check.


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20 Responses

  1. Oooo. Nom nom nom nom! I’m comin’ for dinner! 🙂 I’ll be writing soon, Kelli–I promise!

  2. Soulemama recently posted about making pesto from homegrown basil. And now you’ve done it too. Think it’s time for me to put in that herb garden I’ve been thinking about. Thanks for the nudge. 🙂

  3. I have never had pesto with walnuts, only pine nuts. How did it come out? Taste wise? It looks awesome!

  4. That looks friggin awesome.

  5. rohanknitter September 5, 2009

    That is one thing I’ve never made but I think I’m gonna need to plant a bunch of basil next year cause that looks SOOOOOOOO good.

  6. There is nothing like homemade pesto. Yours looks beautiful – great color and texture. I make mine with pine nuts. I will be making some this weekend to top homemade potato gnocchi. Can’t wait!

  7. Yum! You rock.

  8. oh my gosh….YUM

  9. That looks great, I’ve never had pesto before!

  10. i guess it’s pesto time.
    i too will be making a batch.
    i love yours in the recycled jars.

    i received the wonderful bag you made to include in the raffle basket.
    thanks a bunch kelli for your support. will be posting about it soon.

  11. yay! I love pesto! My fav! I put walnuts in mine too. Your photos are mouth watering. 🙂

  12. Yum. (And, I never knew walnuts were in pesto.)

  13. I don’t want to sound like the perfectionist here darling, but I’m italian, I have one aunt from Genova, region of Liguria (home of the truly italian pesto) who makes the best pesto ever, and I just have to say it: never, never put walnuts in the pesto, only pine nuts. It’s all about taste, the walnuts taste is too strong for the olive oil, it can hide its flavour too much. Just for the record….

  14. I enjoyed the Nobile thought of Nothing Wasted, I admire that you actually did the research, okra is one of my favorite food (cooked) I never had it pickled; I wonder what it taste like?

  15. Chris tells me that Yahoo has added pots of fresh herbs all over campus, there for the taking.. including Basil. I keep thinking I want to try making fresh pesto. I mean, I have once or twice in the past but I have always used store-bought basil. I tried growing my own once but my pots kept ending up covered in ants.. I really don’t have much of a green thumb. Anyway, I should have him grab some handfuls of it. Looks fantastic, as usual!

  16. Pesto is yummy, I could eat it by the spoonful! I like it made with pine nuts or walnuts, but from now on I think I’ll only use walnuts. I had some pine nuts that left a bitter taste in my mouth for 2 weeks, and I’m a little skiddish. I really thought there was something wrong with me, but it finally went away.

  17. oh how i love pesto!

  18. Yum, Kelli! Two tips: When you get some basil from a friend or garden, treat is like a bouquet of flowers. Cut off the ends a bit and put the basil in a vase with a little water. I just stick mine on my kitchen window sill. Your basil will last for more than 10 days! Also, you can use basil on a little poached salmon (in white wine!). Delicious!

  19. Your pesto looks delicious and what wonderful gifts they’ll make.

  20. Oh my gosh, Kelli, you are one busy bee! I love pesto, and appreciated your photos, which I showed to my youngest daughter. She thought your pesto looked so yummy, that she’s willing to try it if I make some (and she’s very picky). I’ll let you know how it goes!