Grandma Soul’s Homemade Pesto Sauce

Grandma Soul's Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipe from

Every year when Mama Soul’s basil plants start taking over the garden, she whips out Grandma Soul’s homemade pesto sauce recipe and gets to work. The whole house smells of basil and garlic and makes everyone very hungry. It’s so simple to make. All it takes is a handful of ingredients and a few pulses in the food processor.

So what can you do with pesto sauce? It’s wonderful as a chicken topper. Mama Soul prefers hers over cavatelli. If you’re gluten free, you can mix some with rice pasta. Or, if you’re just looking for a quick snack, you can try one of my favorites – as a topper for a slice of raw cheddar cheese.

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Delicious. And, I should warn you, highly addictive!

A few notes about the recipe from Mama Soul:

  1. The parsley is completely optional. She said she either uses parsley or doesn’t depending on whether or not she has any in the house. The batch she made me doesn’t have any parsley in it and it’s just as delicious.
  2. A food processor is far better than a blender. She said sometimes the pesto gets gummy if you blend it, but a few pulses in the food processor always works.

All ready to have your house smell delicious from basil and garlic? Me too. On with the recipe.

Grandma Soul’s Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipe
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4 cups basil leaves
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup parmesan cheese *
3/4 cup olive oil

(* You can use fresh Parmesan cheese, a blend of fresh Parmesan and Romano cheese, or the container Parmesan/Romano blend like this.)

Step 1: Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times to blend all ingredients.

Step 2: Serve and enjoy!

Don’t you just love it when it’s nice and simple? You can whip up a batch in just a few minutes, so this is perfect for a night when you need a quick and easy (but also highly nutritious) meal.




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