How-To: Make Homemade Paleo Pesto Mariel Lewis July 31, 2012 Dairy Free, Gluten Free, How To Guides, Low Carb, Low Sugar, Paleo, Paleo-Vegan, Soy Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian 13 Comments Pesto. A classic sauce originated in Italy. Did you know it is considered a wholesome food? The basil and the pine nuts are nutrient dense ingredients, the olive oil offers needed healthy fats and the garlic provides compounds with various health benefits. One of my husband’s co-workers (her name is Kelly and she is a wonderful Cross fitter and Paleo eater – who by the way, was the first person to introduce me to Paleo) posted on my wall a couple of weeks ago asking me for a Paleo Pesto recipe. She said she had recently tried out a recipe with her boyfriend, but that it just didn’t quite turn out. I did not have my own homemade Pesto Paleo recipe to share with Kelly when she requested the favor, but I was determined to nail a sweet pesto recipe for her. So Kelly, this one’s for you! Yesterday, I got greatly inspired and went to the store to get me some fresh ingredients for my Paleo Pesto recipe! I went to three different health stores looking for the perfect basil leaves. They had to be fresh. No dying leaves were allowed. The two first grocery stores I went to did not have the fresh looking basil leaves I was looking for, which then forced me to shop around Boise (quite honestly, it was my excuse to visit various natural food stores in the city…one of my favorite activities. How dorky am I?). I finally found myself the perfect basil leaves I needed…now all I needed were some nice organic raw pine nuts. That was a bit easier (a bit expensive…pine nuts cost quite a bit, considering how tiny they are!). Pine nuts are a crucial ingredient for my Pesto Paleo recipe. Crucial! Don’t even think of skipping this part. After grabbing my little bag of pine nuts, I checked out and was good to go. I had the rest of the needed ingredients at home, so I was prepared for my Pesto Paleo goodness. It really is amazing how delicious Pesto is. Even though it is made with a small amount of ingredients, they really do pack a punch! This is exactly why the quality of the ingredients you use matters! Try this recipe and feel good about yourself, making homemade ready-to-use “ingredients” (such as Paleo Pesto) is deliciously satisfying! Ge the full recipe here! 13 Responses dylan August 1, 2012 Looks delicious! We’ll definitely try this one Mariel Lewis August 1, 2012 Hey Dylan! Oh yay! Let me know how you guys like it :). I’ll be posting a new recipe tomorrow that will use Paleo Pesto as one of its main ingredients…so be on the lookout! Mimi August 16, 2012 very tasty! Val October 26, 2012 For a less expense alternative, I love making pesto with toasted walnuts. Mariel Lewis November 3, 2013 That sounds like a wonderful alternative. 😉 Heather February 21, 2013 Where do you buy this much basil and it not cost a fortune? I im vancouver BC and just went to save on foods and the only basil i could find was in a small plastic pack (5$) and another bag which was about 1 maybe 2 cups again at (5$)……. going to try Kins Market tomorrow but what the heck…. Mariel Lewis February 23, 2013 Hi Heather! You’re right basil is expensive…and unfortunately, it’ll be expensive anywhere you go. You may want to try either growing it yourself or going to the nearest farmer’s market or co-op in your city. When I use basil for my recipe’s, I’ll buy it in bulk at my city’s co-op…it is fresh, organic, and since I buy it in bulk, the price per ounce is a bit cheaper. 😉 Hope this helps! Dawn February 23, 2014 Do you know how long it will last before it goes bad ? Can you freeze it? Mariel Lewis February 23, 2014 About a week. I have never tried freezing it before, so not sure how well it would hold up. Ghazaleh March 12, 2014 You can freeze pesto in ice cube trays! Once frozen, place them in a tight zip-lock baggie Michelle July 31, 2014 This is the best pesto I’ve ever made. I think the good quality EVOO and pesto leaves just picked out of my garden made a difference. This recipe is a keeper. Samantha August 5, 2014 Hi! This recipe looks absolutely wonderful! Just wondering, where are you able to find that huge box of basil? I can only find it in little packages, and would need to buy about 20 to make 8 cups Mariel Lewis August 11, 2014 Hi Samantha! I know, you do quite a it of basil. 😉 I was able to find it in my city’s co-op. Maybe check your nearest farmer’s market??