It seems as if the smell of summer herbs is bursting from every fresh veggie aisle in our  grocery stores ~ are we right? Just as you’re passing the lettuce section, the deliciously sweet smell hits you…its BASIL!  It makes us pause for a minute and take a deep breath in…Mmmmmm! Some of you might be lucky enough to have this amazing herb right in your backyard. Basil is a vibrant green leaf and is the main ingredient in today’s post: PESTO! Here’s why G+LaR loves Pesto ~ it sounds elegant and it looks gourmet but it is so simple to make! Your guests will be oh-so impressed by your cooking talents when they find out you made this fresh and from scratch. Our PRESTO PESTO recipe is quite versatile and can be used for appetizer spreads, a dipping sauce, grilling marinade and it is also delicious mixed into a simple pasta salad. We’re pretty sure that once you make G+LaR’s PRESTO PESTO it will become a staple for your summer gatherings. An added bonus: your kitchen will smell simply delish!


Become pesto friends with Basil! Haha!

Become pesto friends with Basil! Haha!

TOOLS :: Food processor or blender, spatula and measuring cup
EXTRAS :: Bowl for serving or container for storage

2 cups of fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup of pine nuts ( can be left out if allergic)
1 clove of garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a blender or food processor pulse together basil, garlic, pine nuts and salt until finely chopped.
  • With blender or processor still running, add in your olive oil until mixture is thick and smooth.
  • Spoon the blended basil mixture into bowl.
  • Stir in your parmesan cheese and season with more salt to taste.

Adding salt will keep your basil from turning black.