How to Make and Freeze Fresh Pesto


How to freeze fresh basil pesto. Use this trick to have freshly made pesto for your recipes all year long!

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Thriving Home loves pesto.

Rachel and I laugh because as we were developing healthy, freezable recipes for our cookbook called From Freezer to Table (Rodale Books), we constantly gravitated towards anything with pesto in it. Probably because of its big, fresh flavor that freezes well. The fresher the better too! I’m convinced that in a taste test, ten times out of ten I could identify fresh pesto from store bought pesto.

Learn to prepare delicious, healthy, stress-free meals for the family that go from freezer to table in no time!

Since I can kind of be a pesto snob, I am doing my best to make my own pesto, stock up and freeze portions for months to come.

The process starts with fresh basil. Pick about 4 loosely packed cups of it.

How to freeze fresh basil pesto. Use this trick to have freshly made pesto for your recipes all year long!

In a food processor, process 4-5 cloves of garlic.

How to freeze fresh basil pesto. Use this trick to have freshly made pesto for your recipes all year long!

Now add in your basil, pine nuts (or you can sub walnuts) parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

How to freeze fresh basil pesto. Use this trick to have freshly made pesto for your recipes all year long!

Blend it up real nice.

How to freeze fresh basil pesto. Use this trick to have freshly made pesto for your recipes all year long!

Now, while the food processor is running, slowly drizzle a cup of olive oil through the opening at the top. Once it’s all combined you’re done!

How to freeze fresh basil pesto. Use this trick to have freshly made pesto for your recipes all year long!

How to Freeze Pesto

To freeze your pesto, divide it into small portions using either an ice cube tray or, if you have it, some type of silicone muffin pan like the one below. I like using silicone products, because they are safe and easy to pop frozen food out of. How to freeze fresh basil pesto. Use this trick to have freshly made pesto for your recipes all year long!

Once you’ve portioned out your pesto, drizzle a bit of oil over it to just cover the top. This will keep the pesto from becoming discolored.

How to freeze fresh basil pesto. Use this trick to have freshly made pesto for your recipes all year long!

Freeze it uncovered for about an hour or so, until solid, pop out of the container, and place the portions in an air-tight freezer bag or container. (Here are our favorite freezer containers.) You’re done!

Now use your yummy fresh pesto to make some of these recipes:

Cheesy Pesto Bread

Pesto cheese bread. A delicious twist on the average garlic bread that you may throw in the oven. My husband can't get enough of this stuff!

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Turkey Pesto Paninis

turkey pesto

You’ll find many more pesto-infused and well-tested freezer recipes in our cookbook.  All of the 75+ recipes in From Freezer to Table are delicious, made from whole foods, are easy to prepare, and can be made fresh or frozen for later. Order your copy today and get started cooking ahead, so you can enjoy stress-free (and pesto-laden!) meals with your loved ones around the table later.

Learn to prepare delicious, healthy, stress-free meals for the family that go from freezer to table in no time!


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