Whole Foods Pesto Sauce

Pesto is and always has been a staple food in my diet. I just love it! On bread, as a dip, over pasta, on pizza, you name it! This is my grandmother's recipe for pesto and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
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Whole Foods Pesto Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chop Basil, Fresh
  • ⅛ cups Pine Nuts
  • 2 teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cups Olive Oil

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Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. In a blender or food processor, place in the ingredients except oil and start blending.
  2. Stream in the oil until well blended. Scrap down sides as needed.
  3. Use in recipes. For extras, place in freezer bag or freezer safe container and freeze until ready to serve.

Freeze For Later Cooking Directions

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. In a blender or food processor, place in the ingredients except oil and start blending.
  2. Stream in the oil until well blended. Scrap down sides as needed.
  3. Use in recipes. For extras, place in freezer bag or freezer safe container and freeze until ready to serve.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Thaw and use.

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  1. I’m already wondering how I’m going to be able to “Get Real.” I live in a very small town. My local grocer does not stock many of these items. It costs me $20 in gas to drive to the nearest larger town for shopping. Any suggestions where to order items like pine nuts, feta, provolone, brown rice, unsweetened yogurt? No joke. NONE of these items are available on the grocery shelves where I live. Any ideas??

    1. Sandy I’m not sure where you are located but the company Azure Standard can bring you all of those items at lower cost than most of the grocery stores. Take a look at their delivery map and see if it includes you!

  2. Hi Kelly,
    We grow Basil in our garden and make Pesto Sauce often. Your recipe looks great, I will give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing with our 1st Anniversary Party at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I’m excited to have found your site! A question about this recipe: Do you pack your two cups of basil pretty tight? Just made this and it turned out pretty runny (with all but a bit of the 1/2 cup oil) wondering if I shorted the basil?

  4. Try making this with spinach some time (or subbing in some spinach with the basil) – a great way to get rid of excess from your CSA or garden, and it’s really good in pesto. It’s sweeter and milder than basil. My husband prefers spinach pesto on his pasta!

    1. Did you triple this recipe or are you referring to a recipe card from a menu? If it’s a recipe card, can you please tell me what month you are looking at so I can check the formulas? If you just tripled this recipe from here for 3 people it would be 6 cups basil leaves, and 6 cloves of garlic.

    1. Hi Julie, can you do sunflower seeds? I’ve used them instead of pine nuts (just because I was too lazy to go to the store and get more) and the pesto turned out delicious. You might need to adjust the amount a little; I’ve found that the sunflower seed taste can be overwhelming if you do a straight substitution so I do a little less. Enjoy!

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