Recently I had a lunch with a girlfriend at Flour Girl’s and Dough Boys in American Fork, Utah, and had their pesto, mozzarella and tomato sandwich on a baguette. It’s definitely one of the tastiest things on the menu! Upon returning home, I still wanted more pesto, so Tim and I decided to plant an herb garden so we could make our own pesto.
We headed out and picked up some herbs from Highland Gardens and Home Depot and brought them home. Included in our to-be herb garden were sweet basil, lemon thyme, Greek oregano, rosemary and purple sage. We rolled up our sleeves and got our hands dirty by planting our herb garden as a family home evening activity.
We also discovered the authentic way to make homemade pesto. Would you like the recipe? It’s simple and absolutely delectable.
- Bunch of fresh sweet basil
- Few cloves of garlic
- 1/4 C pine nuts
- 1/4 C Parmesan cheese
- Tablespoon of olive oil
1. The trick to make pesto the authentic way is to not use a blender. Instead, chop a some of the basil with a knife, gradually adding more basil as it gets cut. Also, fresh basil is best!
2. Add the garlic and pine nuts, chop some more. Add the Parmesan cheese, chop some more.
3. Add the olive oil and mix it all together.
For best results, serve on a baguette with balsamic vinegar, fresh tomatoes and Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.