Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce is an easy and delicious sauce for any quick dish during the spring and summer months. It’s made with 4 ingredients, fresh basil, garlic, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and it’s blended with extra virgin olive oil. And you can make it in less than 10 minutes!
Our mom usually makes her pesto sauce with “pignoli,” which are pine nuts. I really don’t care for the taste of pine nuts, so I have been using walnuts instead of the pine nuts in my pesto sauce. No one seems to mind, they love it the same!
But nowadays, with nut allergies in our family, we have become a NUT-FREE home, eliminating all the nuts altogether, and you still get a great tasting pesto sauce. For sure!
Why we love fresh basil pesto sauce:
it’s super versatile as a sauce
you can easily drizzle on most salads
drizzle on grilled shrimp, or chicken
use it on fresh garden tomatoes and mozzarella
you can even add some pesto to soups for extra flavoring
I make it all year long and use it with so many recipes. In my family, everyone’s favorite dish is spaghetti with fresh basil pesto sauce – hands down!!
Also, you may want to try our Chicken Rollatini with Pesto and Mozzarella, and our favorite Flounder Filet Rollatini.
And our Seared Sea Scallops Over Pesto Sauce and our Cod Fillet Over Pesto Risotto, these are absolutely totally delicious!
While fresh basil pesto sauce tastes so much better than store-bought, you can actually taste the difference! And it’s so much better for you.
When you make it homemade you know you are getting quality ingredients and not garbage ones like fillers or corn syrup.
Take our word for it! It’s worth making it yourself! Fresh is always BEST!
Keep in mind, if you have family members that have nut allergies? Omit the nuts completely! The taste will still be delicious!!
Here’s a Tip:
Keep fresh basil pesto sauce in an air-tight jar, refrigerated. Add a small amount of olive oil on top of the sauce in the jar after every time you use some. It keeps fresh up to 4 months. I will be using this fresh basil pesto sauce in various recipes, so stay tuned!
And for an alternative delicious pesto?
Try our Easy Kale and Spinach Pesto Sauce! Fresh tasting and delicious over pasta! It too won’t disappoint!!