Basil – Fresh from the garden

To me, basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow. Here are a few little tricks from our homestead!

Pruning leads to more basil.

Well-drained soil is good soil for basil.

Keep the temperature fairly warm with lots of sunlight (at least six hours a day)

Basil Pesto

Add this amazing pesto to your pasta, fish or beef. It is even great on bread as a dip.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: sauce
Keyword: basil, Keto, pesto, sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 183kcal

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted pine nuts cashews, or walnuts*
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus additional as needed

Instructions

  • In a small dry skillet, toast the nuts over medium high heat, stirring constantly, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the nuts to a bowl and allow them to cool slightly. (This step is optional, but brings out a more robust flavor in the nuts.)
  • In food processor, combine the nuts, cheese, and peeled garlic. Process until finely ground, 20 to 30 seconds. (Be careful not to make the nuts into a "butter.")
  • Add the basil, lemon juice and kosher salt. Turn on the food processor and gradually pour in the olive oil. Once combined, turn off the food processor. Blend in a bit more olive oil if desired, to achieve a looser texture. Stores for about 1 week in the refrigerator and several months frozen.

Notes

*Pine nuts are traditional but can be expensive. Both cashews and walnuts taste great in this recipe too. I have even used almonds. 

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

I do freeze dry some of my basil… But I also freeze some in coconut oil in ices cube trays and then keep in the freezer for when I need to add it to meat or other items.

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