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Homemade Pesto from the Garden

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On July 6, 2009 @ 9:15 am In Garden,Homemade,How To | 12 Comments

Learn how to make Homemade Pesto from the garden with this simple recipe:

Homemade Pesto from the Garden

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • Several handfuls of basil leaves
  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

**Sorry I didn’t take exact measurements, as I just used what I had picked and added enough olive oil to reach the consistency I wanted.


  • Add pine nuts and mint in the food processor.

  • Fill the food processor with basil leaves.  Then pulse a few times before adding a handful of spinach.  Add olive oil until it reached the consistency I wanted plus about 1 tsp salt and a few dashes of pepper.  Pulse until reaches the consistency you wish.  Use immediately or freeze for use in future meal.

Because I didn’t use it right away, I froze it in 2 portions…one I plan to use for a chicken pesto recipe, and the other with pasta!

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