Green Garlic and Basil Pesto

As a perfect addition to pasta, vegetables and meat, pesto should be on your desert island must-haves list. Next time you’re at your local farmer’s market, pick up some garlic, basil and pine nuts for this quick homemade pesto recipe.

This recipe is courtesy of Emily Paster, West of the Loop.Ready in15 m5 m(prepare time)10 m(cook time)8Servings311Calories Per ServingRelated Recipes5 Creative Recipes for Green Tomatoes8 Great Garlic Bread Recipes13 Recipes With Leafy Greens for a Healthy, Green St. Paddy’s Day


This recipe makes a large amount of pesto, perhaps 1 pint. Feel free to scale down.


  • 3 cups basil leaves, loosely-packed
  • 2 cups green garlic bulbs and stems, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3/4 cups olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, grated


Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant.

Watch carefully so that they do not burn.

Allow pine nuts to cool.

Place the basil, green garlic, toasted pine nuts and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to combine.

With motor running, add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the mixture resembles a chunky paste.

Remove the pesto to a bowl and stir in the grated Parmesan.

Store the pesto in the refrigerator until needed.

Use with pasta, on pizza or as a sandwich spread.


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