Basil Pesto – Midwest Goodness

🌿🍴 BASIL: More Than Just Pesto! 🌱🌿

Basil is one of the most widely used herbs in cooking AND herbal medicine. But did you know that basil is more than just a tasty addition to your dishes?

Check out its benefits!

🌿 Rich in essential oils and antioxidants, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent. This makes it an excellent choice to support skin health, digestive issues, and respiratory problems.

🌿 A good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as magnesium, iron, and calcium. This means that consuming basil can help support your immune system, support bone health, and regulate your blood pressure.

🌿 Has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. It is believed to balance the body’s doshas and promote overall well-being.

Basil is a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of ways to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of your meals. Here are some ideas on how to use basil in your cooking:

💚Pesto sauce
💚Salad dressing
💚Infused water
💚Pizza topping
💚Tomato Sauce
💚Grilled meats
💚Infused oil

There are many ways to use basil in your cooking! Try experimenting with different recipes and find your favorite ways to incorporate this flavorful herb into your meals!

Growing up in the Midwest, I didn’t know anything about pesto until a restaurant menu revealed it’s goodness a few years ago. I have grown basil each year since, whether it’s been in my garden, in a pot on the deck or even inside on the windowsill. Growing it saves me money and gives me the best flavor. And I just can’t get enough of it.

When I thought about making pesto sauce for the first time, I thought a sauce so flavorful has to be complicated to make, right? WRONG. It’s not hard at all. All you need is a blender.

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Basil Pesto

Use this sauce in so many ways, pasta, pizza, soups, sandwiches and more! Makes 1-1/2 cups.

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves, washed
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
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