Classic basil pesto is one of my favorite sauces to make. Typically pesto is used as a pasta sauce, but it can also be used as a spread on foods like bread, pizza, or crostinis. Basil pesto is also a complimentary sauce to put on halibut. This versatile sauce only takes about ten minutes to prepare and most of the ingredients are usually already in the kitchen.
Basil is in season during the summer months, however, freezing ensures that you can enjoy fresh basil pesto year round. If you are going to freeze the pesto, omit the cheese and add it in after you defrost and are ready to use. Freeze in an air-tight container and drizzle a bit of olive oil on top.
A few tips:
- Walnuts or almonds can be substituted for pine nuts
- Be careful not add too much salt because the cheese is already salty