Fresh Basil Creamy Pesto Recipe


basilToday’s recipe is shared by Paul Camarata, host of The Saint Cast.

Fresh Basil Creamy Pesto Recipe


2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed (~ 60 or so leaves)

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup pine nuts

2 medium sized garlic cloves, minced

butter, 4 tbsp

half and half – 3 cups

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Special equipment needed: A food processor


1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, minced garlic, and olive oil and pulse a few times in a food processor. May need to divide the ingredients into 2 batches for even chopping in food processor.

2  Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add ½ cup grated parmesan cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

3 Melt butter in saucepan, gently heat up pesto mixture, adding in half and half slowly and whisking while heating up.  Heat gently until thickening.

Poor over 1 pound cooked spaghetti or linguine.  Toss ½ cup grated parmesan over pasta and sauce.

N.B.  If you have an abundance of Basil in the spring/summer months, you can pick the leaves and make up the pesto mixture (minus the cheese) and freeze in packets.  It keeps well.

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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