This SUPER EASY Basil Pesto Recipe will have all your friends thinking it’s store bought!
A few weeks ago, my friend Megan introduced me to the Harvest Salad at XO Bisous (Toronto Financial District), which is now what I consider to be the best tasting salad of my life! Literally, no exaggeration – the BEST salad! I have since ordered it five times through my Ritual App (here’s a promocode for $10 in free credit for you) and have been raving about it to my friends and colleagues ever since.
The Harvest Salad came topped with a vegan, pumpkin-seed pesto which inspired me to make my own!
So today, I have a super easy make-your-own basil pumpkin-seed pesto for you! A new favourite of mine!
All you need is:
- 2 cups of fresh, organic basil leaves
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- Dash of pepper
- 1 oz of feta cheese
Most recipes call for salt as well, but I like to add in little bit of feta cheese in my pesto which already comes salted, and packs a delicious flavour punch!
The how to:
Most recipes will simply say to toss everything into a food blender and voila! Well, not quite. What I’ve found is if you grind the basil leaves and pumpkin seeds first by hand, with one of those hand food grinder bowls (pretty sure that is NOT the correct term lol), the flavour really comes through in the final taste of the pesto as the flavours mix together. So for this recipe, add an extra minute’s worth of work, for ultimate pesto recipe results!
Remember: first grind, then blend!
Once your basil leaves and pumpkin seeds have been mushed together in your bowl by hand, add them and your garlic into a food blender/processor.
- Process until the three ingredients are coarse,
- Then add your 1/2 cup of olive oil,
- And pulse again until smooth.
Don’t forget to mix in the cheese! Feta is great for this recipe because it crumbles and mixes nicely. You can add it into your mix either in the food processor, or simply mix it in gently with a fork after you’ve pulled it out of the blender. Pour your basil pesto mix into a bowl and there you have it. Your very own basil pumpkin seed pesto.
Later this week I’ll have a basil pesto pasta recipe for you using this very pesto! What are some of your favourite pesto recipes? Let me know in the comment section below!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick
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