Can you use a blender instead of a food processor for pesto?
Short answer, yes. One of my favorite summer sauces is Homemade Pesto in a Blender. Why use a blender? Because I hate pulling out my food processor, and my blender is always out and ready for use (I am a lazy cook!).
My mom always plants basil in her herb garden in the summer, so she always has a ton of fresh basil to use up. The best thing about pesto though is you don't have to just use basil. You can add spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley... the options are endless.
I love topping my pizzas with pesto, using it as a spread on sandwiches, and of course pouring it over a big bowl of pasta!
How to make Homemade Pesto in a Blender:
- Dump basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, lemon, garlic and salt into a blender.
- Pulse the blender while slowly pouring in the olive oil.
- Blend for another 30 seconds or so, until everything is thoroughly combined.
Here are some other ingredients you could add or swap out:
- Add a handful of spinach or kale
- Swap out pine nuts for walnuts, pecans, or almonds
- Add sun-dried tomatoes
What can I use instead of pine nuts in pesto?
If you are not a fan of pine nuts, you can substitute them for any other nut! Some of my favorites are pecans or walnuts.
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What should you serve with pesto?
Top this Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Zucchini and Mushroom Pasta (to make this pesto vegan just skip the Parmesan Cheese)
Or this Easy Chicken Pesto