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PV Farms Creation: Flavorful Pesto Recipe

October 14, 2020

PV Farms Creation: Flavorful Pesto Recipe


With the beginning of fall upon us, Now is a great time to harvest basil for fresh, flavorful pesto! It's fantastic tossed with any pasta or used as a spread on sandwiches. Marinate or toss with your veggies or use it as a sauce topping for meat. We love this simple recipe that only takes a few minutes in a food processor or blender. 


  • Pleasant Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Fresh basil leaves - 100 grams
  • Soaked Pine Nuts - 1/4 cup (Soak for 15 mins in warm water before blending) Don't have pine nuts on hand? Try it with raw walnuts instead!
  • Red chili flakes- 1tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper- 1/4 tsp 
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Garlic -2 small cloves 
  • Parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup, freshly grated

Preparation:  (20 minutes)

  1. Grate Parmesan cheese and set it aside. 
  2. In a food processor, add any nuts of your choice and blend them. Once the texture is coarse, add basil leaves, garlic, seasonings and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Blend whilst adding Pleasant Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil to create an emulsion - which gives you the creamiest Pesto sauce!
  4. Pesto sauce is ready to use!


Pesto sauce can last for 7 days in the refrigerator.