Garden Fresh Creamy Pesto Recipe

Easy and fresh are a given when you grow your own herbs.  One of the easiest herbs to grow in the summer garden is basil.  I want to share with you a quick and extremely easy recipe that you are going to love. In this post enjoy my garden fresh creamy pesto recipe.

Garden Fresh Creamy Pesto Recipe

This creamy pesto recipe tastes amazing with fresh bread or on my Pesto Party Pizza. I hope you take advantage of the print option feature on the recipe below.

Creamy Pesto From The Garden


  • 2 cups fresh packed basil leaves (press down in measuring cup)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • 1/2 cup of Olive Oil
  • PINCH of sugar


  1. Only use the LEAVES for this recipe – No flowers or steam from the plant.
  2. Cold water wash for these leaves and do not use soap!
  3. Add nuts, oil, garlic, and cheese to the blender.
  4. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender, and possibly a hand chopper ( Pampered Chef tool). those are chopped ( be careful not to liquefy) add the basil to the batch and chop thoroughly.
  5. This pesto can be mixed but be sure to add the cheese after thawing. Adding sugar to this recipe will bring out more of the natural flavor.

Other Creative Recipes using Pesto

Fresh Pesto from my garden has been a staple in my home kitchen for many years.  With all the new basil varieties on the market today the recipe list keeps growing.  Below are a few other recipes using pesto.
  • Serve over your favorite noodle.  In this recipe photo above I used a Mushroom rotini noodle.  You can also freeze this sauce to use at a later time.
  • Use as the sauce on your favorite Pizza like in my

Let’s Connect

I would love to hear what you enjoy using pesto in. Please share by commenting below on this post or reach out on my contact page.
Happy Creamy Pesto Making,

4 thoughts on “Garden Fresh Creamy Pesto Recipe”

  1. My favorite noodle right now is egg noodles. I can’t stop!
    I love that you include cream in your pesto. Must make it extra rich. Wonder, have you tried adding pine nuts to this recipe? LOVE those!


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