Gro Something Greater: Perfecting Pesto at Home

Pesto www.bellalimento.comDisclaimer: I am working with Miracle-Gro for this project and was provided with a sample and compensation. All opinions are my own.

Growing food has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. It started with my Grandparents. They had a small but mighty backyard garden. I adored getting to help “pick” the food when we came to visit in the summer time. I would head outside, usually with a metal colander in hand, and pick as much as my little self could hold. I imagined it was hundreds of pounds but it was probably more like one or two. We won’t split hairs though. I can assure you I picked hundreds of pounds from my parents gardens over the years. They’ve had gardens in all shapes and sizes and grown more fruits and vegetables than I can shake a stick at. They’re great at growing.
And now I’m getting great at growing too. I’m passionate about growing a portion of my own food and it’s something that’s important for me to try to pass along to my children. A side benefit, I’ve found that (with my kids) if they’re part of the growing (and then cooking) process they’re more likely to actually eat the food. Good food. I don’t win all the battles but I feel good about where we’re at.

In the summertime we have a very large garden. Clearly it’s not summer time but that doesn’t mean we can’t grow something greater inside! Like herbs. I’m especially partial to basil. We use A LOT of basil. One of the things we like to do we basil is make PESTO. The kids remove the stems from the basil and then chuck everything into the food processor. It’s really as easy as that.
Best part about pesto is it’s versatility. It’s great as a sandwich condiment, as a sauce for pizzas, in pasta, slathered on a toasted baguette or even by the spoonful. It’s good and good for you!

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Disclaimer: I am working with Miracle-Gro for this project and was provided with sample and compensation. All opinions are my own.


Basil Pesto

What You Will Need:

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • kosher salt

What To Do:

  1. Into food processor add: basil, garlic. Pulse to combine.
  2. Add pine nuts and pulse to combine. Add cheese and WHILE food processor is pulsing GRADUALLY stream in the olive oil.
  3. Add salt to taste.
  4. Store unused pesto in refrigerator.


  1. 51

    I love pesto! What beautiful photos–this would be perfect in a big bowl of pasta!

  2. 52
    Sarah Austin /

    Tomatoes and cucumbers

  3. 53

    I love pesto – but I’m not keen on basil. Lately I’ve been using kale or, in the spring, garlic scapes.

  4. 54
    Jan /

    I love growing herbs-basil, mint, parsley,thyme and oregano

  5. 55
    linsy patel /

    Love growing all herbs, tomato, peppers, eggplant.

  6. 56
    Kristen M /

    I’ve had the most success in my garden with strawberries, chard, and tomatoes. My favorite though was a couple years ago when our green beans took off. Unfortunately, the success hasn’t continued with those.

  7. 57
    Kate D. /

    My favorite things to grow are tomatoes, basil and eggplant.

  8. 58
    tk /

    i’m an herb grower and i love basil!

  9. 59
    Ellen Casper /

    Tomatoes and cucumbers

  10. 60
    Debbie Jackson /

    I love growing a full garden, but especially tomatoes and zucchini.

  11. 61
    Karen Lynch /

    I love growing peppers.

  12. 62

    Traditional basil is the best. I’ve never tried cilantro or any other herb because basil pesto…swoon. There’s nothing better :)

  13. 63
    saminder gumer /

    i like to gro tomatoes

  14. 64
    Missy /

    love pesto inside of croissant crescent rolls….mouth watering u shld try them and then don’t hate me when u r hooked!

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      Missy /

      oh…sry love to grow flowers actually….just love everything abt gardening….flowers they never compare each others beauty and they are all unique, special, generate warmth and always, always leave an smile on someone’s face!

  15. 65
    Carolsue /

    We grow a lot of tomatoes and zucchini.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  16. 66
    Noreen /

    I love starting seeds. I used to start about 500 plants in my apartment in late winter/early spring. Mostly cut flowers, but also tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, chard, zucchini, lettuce, etc.

  17. 67

    I cannot wait for warmer temps and the chance to grow somethings again! Lovely recipe, bring on the basil!!

  18. 68
    Kristen /

    I love growing basil for homemade pesto!

  19. 69
    Amy /

    Pesto is my go-to quick weeknight dish! I love it and it always makes me dream of summer :)

  20. 70

    Everything I’m a growing fool!

  21. 71
    Julie /

    tomatoes and cucumbers
    thanks for the giveaway

  22. 72

    I need to get on the planting wagon, my basil supply has disappeared. I think your helper is the key to the perfect pesto!

  23. 73
    meredith /

    I like to grow herbs

  24. 74

    Basil…I use it in everything during spring/summer!

  25. 75
    Carla S /

    I love to grow carrots,oregano, and lily of the valleys.

  26. 76

    tomatoes, but I really need to try and grow cilantro and dill weed I use them soo much

  27. 77

    The only things I can successfully kill year after year are herbs! This pesto looks wonderful and your boy’s such a cutie!

  28. 78
    barbara n /

    I always plant tomatoes and cucumbers!

  29. 79

    I love having fresh herbs to snip during the growing season – great pics!

  30. 80
    Lisa Brown /

    i like growing zucchini

  31. 81
    Allison Downes /

    I love growing basil and cilantro.

    thanks for the nice giveaway!

  32. 82

    Tomatoes of every description!

  33. 83
    Tabathia B /

    probably tomatoes since we love baking them in the oven with sliced mozzarella cheese

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    Gina Guthrie /


  35. 85
    Dan /

    Borage is fun to grow because the bees love it and the flowers are a unique bluish purple. Also, they taste like cucumbers!

  36. 86
    Amy L /

    I love to grow herbs – basil, thyme, parsley

  37. 87
    Shayna /

    I love to grow berries!

  38. 88

    My grandparents had me help in their garden too–they’d have me fit in the tight spaces and pick the beans and peas that were hard for them to reach! Such happy memories!

  39. 89

    I love growing fresh basil! We just bought plants this past weekend…can’t wait to plant them once the veggie beds are prepped. :-)

  40. 90
    Cindy /

    We love to grow Mint and Basil.

  41. 91
    Wehaf /

    I love growing tomatoes! We have an heirloom variety that we plant every year.

  42. 92
    Rachel Crisman /

    Nothing like the smell of fresh tomatoes picked straight from the garden….nothing like it.

  43. 93
    Tara /

    Tomatoes! We love fresh tomoatoes!

  44. 94
    Barbara Montag /

    I love to grow dill and use the weed for snipping in cucumbers.
    If you haven’t done this you have to try it!
    Thank you.


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