Basil Pesto - Double Duty

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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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Welcome to my neck of the mitten (Michigan humor😜)! I’m Jessica, a wife, mother, baker, and obsessed crafter working on my organizational skills. Most days, you’ll find me homeschooling my two girls while working at home and, of course, here sharing how you can make everyday life easier.