No Basil? No Problem! Basil-Free Pesto Is Delicious

Like the best Italian delicacies, there are innumerable ways to make pesto and every family insists that they make the best. If your knowledge of the wonderful green sauce is a little bit hazy, it originated...

Making pesto

by hick1962 1 month ago

I don't like pesto so I really don't know how it is supposed to come out but my wife loves it. I'm using a ratio of about 6 cups loose packed basil leaves, 1.5 cups grated parm and 1.5 cups olive ...

Mortar and Pestle for Pesto

by loves2cook82 2 months ago

"Pestle for Pesto"...say that three times fast. I made pesto this weekend from the abundant basil leaves growing in my herb garden. I made it as I always do...using my food processor to grind up...

Green sauce over pasta???

by maya 15 years ago

Hello. Forgive my lack of knowledge of pastas and Italian sauces. I was wondering what that green sauce made from basil is called that goes on some pasta dishes? I haven't had it but just recall ...

Why is my pesto turning brown?

by roxlet 8 years ago

I have been making pesto nearly my whole life, and suddenly, I am having a problem with my pesto turning brown. Of course, pesto will oxidize when exposed to air, so I always put a layer of olive ...

Pesto chicken pasta disaster

by orlybabe 1 year ago

Hi, I like making chicken pesto pasta, but major disaster today - for the first time, I wanted to cook together the chicken, pesto and pasta, and after frying the chicken with some onions and garli...

Making pesto in a food processor

by GEC 1 year ago

I have a Cuisinart Mini-Prep that works well for a lot of tasks, but making pesto in it is always a struggle. I have to chop the basil up beforehand, and even then some of the basil tends to get f...

Which is better for making pesto: a blender or food processor?

by nycguy20011 3 years ago

I bought a Hamilton Beach blender to make bread crumbs and pesto, but it's not blending the basil well enough to make pesto nor is it blending the bread to make bread crumbs well. There's some larg...


by raberbm 2 years ago

What is the purpose of using pine nuts in pesto; i.e., for flavor, thickener, etc.

Nut-Free Pesto

by MrSmee44 11 years ago

Ok, so I am a huge fan of pesto and enjoying experimenting with different herb and nut combinations. Unfortunately, my girlfriend is highly allergic to tree nuts and has never eaten pesto. Can yo...

Can I still use frozen and darkened basil leaves?

by nycguy20011 3 years ago

I accidentally froze basil leaves in the back of the fridge. The leaves look thinner and darker than usual. Can I still use them to make pesto after they’re thawed? Should I reserve them for sauces...

Made pesto! With expired olive oil.

by revan2368 3 years ago

I made a great of batch of pesto today, harvesting my basil plants. I did however not notice that the olive oil that I was using has a "best by" date of....2010. Should I throw this out and n...

Fresh Basil -- Pesto

by walker 3 years ago

I got carried away at the farmer's market and got 3 big bunches of beautiful basil. I love Marcella Hazan's recipe for pesto so decided to invite friends (10 adults/kids mixture) over Tuesday for ...

Botulism from pesto sauce

by Tstratus 3 years ago

Ok so... I forgot to refrigerate my store bought pesto sauce. It was on the counter for about 4 hours before I noticed and immediately put it in the fridge. I used it for dinner. And now I'm parano...

Healthy pesto ideas?

by glify 3 years ago

I've been looking for a good sauce to put over my beans (mostly black and kidney, sometimes the other ones as well). Pesto has come on my radar since I've discovered that you can substitute other l...

Is this possible: already opened jar re-popped when opening?

by jen223 4 years ago

I bought a jar of pesto a few months back. It's half used and has been sitting in the back of the fridge. I was going to use it tonight, but when I tried to open it, I had to put some force into it...

Endangered... pine nuts revisited

by eatingjoy 4 years ago

Why it Might Be Time to Stop Using Nuts in Your Pesto: http://food52.com/blog/14461-why-it-might-be-time-to-stop-using-nuts-in-your-pesto

Pesto - Someone help me, PLEASE

by caiatransplant 4 years ago

Hi all. Until day before yesterday I had a beautiful couple of basil plants, flourishing and leafy. Then my yard guy showed up. I thought he was mowing the lawn. He cleared my garden patch, tak...

Mortars and pestles

by BrainFoodie 4 years ago

So I have owned some mortars and pestles but mostly have been smooth and low sides, and not as useful in a kitchen as I might have liked. Work fine for spices but a curry paste not so much. mole? f...

An Ode to Pesto

by Lemoncrieff 4 years ago

Best meal of my life. I know that sounds cliche, but it really is possible....until something better comes along. This summer, I traveled to Italy and France with my family for the first time. ...