A Unique Twist on Traditional Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto Recipe

I make my basil pesto a little different than the norm. What fun is being normal anyway.? My basil always pulls double duty. Before I make my pesto I blanch my basil. I do this for a couple of reasons. One it’s an easy way to brighten the leaves especially if they have sat on your counter for a day or so. It also helps if your basil has lightened due to overwatering.  I use the infused water to make my Basil Simple Syrup for cocktails. My favorites – Basil Mojito or Basil Mule

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  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup Pecans enter
  • 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Himalayan salt / Pepper to taste



  1. Blanche leaves in 3 cups boiling water
  2. save water to make Basil Simple Syrup
  3. in a food processor grind parmesan cheese and pecans until they reach a crumbly consistency
  4. add in basil leaves and salt and pepper
  5. add and a half a cup of EVOO and puree
  6. gradually add and remaining EVOO until the desired consistency is reached


Basil Pesto Recipe

  • 1 Cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pecans enter
  • 1 Cup extra virgin olive oil or evoo
  • Himalayan salt
  • Pepper

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