Pesto From Homegrown Basil

It may be a tad early in the season but herb gardeners may be already seeing the “fruits” of their labor appear in their small garden pots.

My various herbs are looking pretty good right now and I’ve been able to pick a mini harvest from a few select plants which makes making pesto from homegrown Basil, oh-so easy.


I’m partial to growing Basil because I love how large and plump their leaves grow.

You’ll need Basil and Parsley for this Pesto recipe.

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is courtesy Nana Banana (my mom) who guided me through my first-ever batch of Pesto a few years ago and I’ve been making it often ever since.

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Pick and wash your Basil leaves and Parsley.  Pat dry.

You’ll need 16 large Basil leaves for this recipe along with at least 2 springs of Parsley.


Here’s a quick look at a few of the other ingredients you’ll need.

1 garlic cloves (more if you like for taste.

6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ cup olive oil


Chop garlic, parsley and basil leaves on a cutting board.

Place in blender along with Parmesan cheese.


Slowly add olive oil to mixture and blend on low until mixture is smooth.

olive oil for pesto

Serve. Enjoy. 


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  • Elaine Tutman

    Yum yum pesto – the reason that basil and parsley are grown in my annual garden. I use pesto in place of tomato sauce on a heaping dish of spaghetti, add a pat of butter on the hot spaghetti then add several tablespoons of pesto, stir to mix well, then sprinkle ground walnuts on top. A delicious, meatless supper with garlic bread and a green salad.
    Love, Nana Banana

  • Thistle

    Yummmm! Looks delicious!

  • [email protected] Designs

    Thanks for the recipe…pinning and making!! Gorgeous photos Lisa.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    We love pesto and use it a LOT! I find it interesting that you use a little bit of parsley — non-Italian — in your pesto. We never use the curly leaf pesto — mostly the flat leaf or Italian. Do you like it better? We start with two or three basil plants and end up with ten or eleven. When we cut the basil we stick some of the cuttings in a glass of water and then they root. We hate to throw them away so we stick them in the ground and ECCO — more basil growing. I’m anxious to try your basil recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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