Easy Pesto Sauce Recipe and Hamilton Beach Blender Giveaway

An easy pesto sauce recipe made with fresh basil, parsley, and parmesan. I added a little cayenne to give it an added kick. SO yummy!

An easy pesto sauce recipe made with fresh basil, parsley, and parmesan. I added a little cayenne to give it an added kick. SO yummy!

4.75 from 4 votes
Easy Pesto Sauce Recipe and Hamilton Beach Blender Giveaway
Servings: 1 .5 cups
Author: Katie Clark
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of basil and parsley I used about 1/2 cup of each - I would make sure to use at least 1/2 cup of basil.
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese shaved or shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne optional - this gave it a big kick. I would consider using 1/4 teaspoon.
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
Recipe Notes

Best a day or so after it's been made and refrigerated

 

This is the first year that we’ve lived somewhere that we’ve actually been able to have a garden. While Forrest definitely has the greener thumb of the two of us (and is the main reason our garden is doing as well as it is), I love going out each morning to see the progress our plants have made. It’s so fun to have so many plants growing and to be able to teach Jack a little bit about where some foods come from.

In addition to have tomatoes, strawberries (that the squirrels won’t stop eating!), squash, cucumbers, and a few other items, we’ve been growing lots of fresh herbs. Before now, I never really felt like there was a big difference between fresh and dried herbs…but now I’m a believer in using fresh when you can.

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I’ve been really excited to use our basil plant, so I could make pesto! There’s few foods I enjoy more than pesto – it’s great on pasta, chicken, flat bread, toast, crackers…everything. I’ve been dying to try it at home for awhile now, and I finally got around to it last week!

This is such an easy pesto recipe, and it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. We actually didn’t have enough basil to make it, so I added some parsley – which is growing like crazy in our garden as well. I used freshly shredded parmesan, pine nuts, olive oil, pepper, and I also added a little bit of cayenne for a little bit of a kick. That’s totally optional though.

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I used the new Hamilton Beach Wave-Action Blender that the company so kindly sent me a few weeks ago. It’s a fairly simple blender with a lot of fun features, and I was thrilled to see that it had an option specifically for dice chopping, and salsa. I’ll admit that it took a little while to get the blender to completely blend up the pesto, but I think it’s because we were using a small quantity of ingredients. If you doubled this recipe, I don’t think it would have any trouble. It’s a great blender – especially for college students and newlyweds! It is very sturdy and durable feeling, and it looks rather sleek (and if you stick around to the end, you can win one!)

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My little helper assisted with this recipe, and he loved putting all the ingredients in and then pressing the blender buttons.

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It turned out really yummy! Next time I would use a little less cayenne, because it made the sauce a little too spicy when I just eat it off a spoon. However, when I added it to some chicken, it tasted awesome, and I didn’t mind the spiciness at all.

We made a delicious chicken pesto pizza using this pesto, and it was fantastic. I made it on a homemade naan crust, which I will be sharing soon. Here’s a little teaser so you make sure to come back and get that recipe (tomorrow…hopefully!)

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And if you’d like to win your own Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender, here’s your chance! Thank you to Hamilton Beach for providing me with a blender to review and giveaway.

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