Vitamix Pesto

It's the end of the summer which means my basil plants are CRAY CRAY:


Because I am a Vitamix junkie I have been thinking about making pesto in it for awhile. The plants above gave me the excuse to mess around with a recipe. As always this recipe is what I like in a pesto. It's a little more cheesy than most, and it's got some bite due the ridiculous amount of garlic I added. 


What You Need: 

3 Cups of Basil (I tend to use smaller leaves as they pack more punch) 

1/2 c. parmesan cheese

1/4 c. olive oil (+ more to taste) 

4 cloves of garlic

1/4 c. raw pine nuts




How to Make: 

  1. Add basil leaves to Vitamix. Chop on 1 or 2 setting.
  2. Once chopped, add parmesan. Chop again on 1 or 2 setting.  
  3. Slowly add olive oil and garlic cloves. Increase speed up to 5.  Add pine nuts. Increase speed of Vitamix. 
  4. Continue to increase speed until blended. I usually pop it up to high for a few seconds to finish blend.  
  5. Enjoy on pasta, breads, salads, or whatever you like!