Basil Pesto Sauce - How to make homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

The store purchased sauces contain preservatives, but this is without any preservatives, can still last a month in the freezer. This is also a quick and easy pesto to make. A great change from red sauce. Traditionally pesto sauce is made with pine nuts but since pine nuts are not easily available here and cost 6 times more than cashew nuts.  I used cashew nuts to make the same.

5 cloves garlic
2 Cups Fresh Basil leaves
3 Tablespoons Cashew nuts
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese grated
A dash salt and pepper


Add garlic to the food processor and mince. Next, add the basil leaves, nuts, Parmesan cheese, a dash of salt and pepper and while the processor is running, slowly drizzle in olive oil through the feed tube until all the ingredients are pureed. Enjoy  this fresh basil pesto sauce, on pasta, sandwiches, etc.

Notes :
To preserve the colour add olive oil a inch above the pesto sauce before storing.
If you do not have Parmesan cheese use any other cheese that is easily available.  

Labels : Jams & Sauces, Basil, Continental Cuisine, Healthy

sneha datar
sneha datar

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.

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