byrd food: easy basil pesto

basil pesto

I love me a good pesto. I love it on sandwiches, in pasta or just smeared on top of a nice piece of bread.

A few weeks ago, I had a hankering for a pesto-pizza sauce but, being the cheapskate (what a weird word) that I am, I couldn’t bring myself to pay the high price at the grocery store and decided to make my own.

Before even looking it up, I felt intimidated. Surely something so rich, fresh and delicious had to be crazy complicated to make, right?


I was pleasantly surprised at how few ingredients were needed to make a nice pesto. The best part? I already had everything I needed! Well, almost.

Traditionally, pesto is made with garlic, basil, pine nuts, olive oil, lemon juice and parmesan cheese. I don’t normally keep pine nuts in our pantry (again, cheapskate) but I do usually have pecans and so I decided that pecans would have to do!

basil pesto ingredients



fresh basil leaves

minced garlic

pinch of salt

parmesan cheese

olive oil

Start off by toasting your pecans in a frying pan to bring out their flavor. Once toasted, add all ingredients to a food processor, pulse for 10- 15 seconds and you’re done!

Seriously, it’s that easy.

This pesto was super delicious and we didn’t even miss the pine nuts. I will definitely be making this again soon.

[I don’t have measurements for this recipe because the amounts you need of everything depends on what you are going to make! To give you an idea, the ingredients that you see in the picture made enough pesto for two full flatbread pizzas.]

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