Pesto can be pricey to make — you need a LOT of basil just to make a small amount, and pine nuts can be pricey. Thankfully, we have some substitutions that make it easier on the wallet.
Still too much effort? Not a worry. We carry a fantastic, classic Italian pesto right here, and you can have it delivered in just a couple clicks.
To make yours own, here are the ingredients you’ll need:
🌿 2 to 3 cups of fresh basil leaves — or, substitute half the basil for fresh spinach.
🌿 ⅓ cup of pine nuts — but, since these can be costly, it’s totally fine to substitute chopped walnuts, or even a blend of walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
🌿 ½ cup of grated Romano or parmesan cheese
🌿 3 or 4 cloves of minced garlic
🌿 ½ a cup of extra virgin olive oil.
(If you’re substituting spinach for some of your basil, consider adding a few splashes of Basil Olive Oil along with your plain olive oil!)
To make your pesto:
🔹 Add the basil, spinach, and nuts / seeds to your food processor and pulse several times to chop finely.
🔹 Add in the cheese and garlic, and pulse thoroughly again.
🔹 While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the olive oil in a thin stream.
🔹 Add salt and pepper to taste, and give it a quick blend to combine.
Et voila! Enjoy your homemade pesto on pasta (of course!) but also try it on baked salmon, steamed veggies, pizza, or anything else you desire!