Homemade Pesto Sauce

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I’ve never had a need for a blender. I’m not a super fan of smoothie’s. I prefer to eat my fruit solid–bite by bite. I’m sure I could use more veggies, so the idea of disguising greens does make me want to turn to be a smoothie fan. I’d heard many amazing things about Blendtec Blenders, and when the offer came to review the new designer series blender plus *Twister jar, I had to give a try. (Opinions 100% my own). Let me just say, I’m so excited about this machine–and I’m not a fan of lots of kitchen gadgets. I made some homemade pesto with just 3 ingredients, and it was SO easy!  (see the bottom of this post for an exciting giveaway!)

Homemade Pesto

What I didn’t realize is that this blender does SO much more than make smoothies, I received a cookbook along with many amazing blender recipes (many online, too). I’ve flipped through those pages with my jaw dropped at the amazing options: First of which is to make almond butter. The one single ingredient? Raw Almonds! This blender works so hard, it literally crushes the almonds to a buttery substance. Awesome.

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Using the *twister jar, allows for scraping during the blending process. See the definition:

*The Twisterβ„’ jar is designed to blend your thickest recipes, such as nut butters, hummus, baby food, dips, thick shakes, dressings and more! Best of all, the Twister jar is compatible with all Blendtec consumer blenders. To use the jar, simply add ingredients and twist the lid counter-clockwise while the blend cycle is running. This twisting motion forces the ingredients from the sides of the jar back into the blade, allowing you to achieve a perfect blend every time.

What I love is that the blender blade isn’t sharp at all. In fact, it’s quite smooth. I wouldn’t be able to cut my finder on it if I tried. The motor on the blender is that powerful.

My husband inaugurated the machine with a few of his random smoothie concoctions, but my first blend was to make this homemade pesto.

Let me tell you a funny story about pesto. A few weeks ago I was visiting my brother and sister in law in Corpus Christi (remember the day at the beach and Pirate Party?) and I was helping make an appetizer for the party, and suggested this Cheesy Pesto Bread. My sister in law, Kim, got all the ingredients before I got there. When I asked where the jar of pesto was, she said: we gotta make it. Make it…huh? How does one do that, I ask.

She walked outside to her bountiful basil plant, and hacked off a big limb, and brought it back inside. I wish I had a picture of the random branch I was holding with bewilderment, unsure what to do. Per Kims instructions, I pulled off a handful of basil leaves, added some olive oil, and nuts, and that was it! Blend, done.

How to Make Pesto with Blendtec

I had no idea it was so simple, and I LOVED the fresh taste! I pretty much ate 75% of that pesto bread myself, it was so dang delicious. We actually used walnuts that day (the nut doesn’t really matter) but for this recipe, I used the traditional pine nuts.

I don’t quite have my own basil plant, so I bought some at the store.  Here is the simple recipe:

4.56 from 9 votes
Homemade Pesto with Blendtec
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
4 mins
 
Easy 3 ingredient homemade pesto
Servings: 6
Author: Kristen Duke
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 ounces pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Place in blender, pulse until smooth pesto sauce. Add to pasta or bread

 

So go ahead, be domestic, make your own Pesto!!

If you like pesto, you might also like this recipe: Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage

Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage

Today, I’m SO stinkin’ excited to be able to give AWAY a Blendtec Blender plus Twister jar (which is a smaller jar that accompanies the larger blending container). To see more of what the Blendtec can blend, see their website on the link, it can do doughs, soups, whatever you’d like! Valued over $500!!!



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  1. We LOVE our Blendtec! I’m making the tortilla soup tonight! I’ve been dying for the twister so I can make my own butter and nut butters.

  2. Yummmm. I loooove pesto. So so much. I’ve never made it. I need to bust some out for my fam. Healthy and delicious!

  3. I like to make strawberry banana smoothies.

  4. I’m definitely a smoothie girl. But I love a good blended butternut squash soup too!

  5. banana, apple and berry smoothies- yum!

  6. I love blending fruit smoothies. Strawberry, orange, banana is our favorite

  7. looks yummy! I would love a blendtec

  8. This would be AWESOME to win! I love making smoothies and adding spinach to it or cauliflower is good too, you don’t even taste them!

  9. I like to blend fruit for smoothies like peaches. I also like blending butternut squash for soup.

  10. That looks incredible! I love making homemade pesto so fresh & yummy

  11. I love making fruit and veggie smoothies!

  12. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! This would be so awesome in my kitchen! We LOVE smoothies! So far, our favorite is the spinach smoothie. πŸ™‚

  13. I have been DYING to buy a blendtec but don’t have the money yet, I would love to win!!! Thanks for the chance! And this pesto recipe looks delicious!

  14. My kids love homemade milk shakes of all flavor and varieties. I love smoothies!

  15. I love making smoothies when I can! Haven’t gotten into the green smoothies yet, but maybe soon! My favorite is throwing together whatever fruit and some OJ and ice – refreshing!

  16. Amy Stewart says:

    I love to make smoothies in a blender. I make it with frozen bananas, blueberries, strawberries, coconut yogurt and add some spinach:)

  17. I just made almond butter and it was yummy. It took a long time though in my non blendtec!

  18. I love blending almonds to make almond butter but my favorite smoothie has bananas, strawberries, vanilla frozen yogurt, apple juice, and blueberries

  19. I would love this for the blender smoothies for my kids

  20. Laura Thayer says:

    How fun! Thanks for the great recipe and giveaway.

  21. I’ve wanted a high-powered blender for so long! I’m not really a smoothie person, either, but I’d love to make my own peanut butter!

  22. I love to blend smoothies! All I have right now is a Magic Bullet…it’s pretty small and doesn’t have much power for blending!

  23. The Blendtec Blender with Twister Jar looks amazing to use. I love to try new recipes and the Blendtec Blender would be something I would most likely use everyday. My favorite smoothie flavor is strawberry, peaches, passion fruit and mango. But there are so many other combinations I would love to try!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. I was just telling the hubs this morning we need a new blender, this would be amazing!!!

  25. I love a good smoothie. We’ve been experimenting with peaches lately.

  26. Smoothies: I always use banana, little orange juice, almond milk, spinach…after that is it whatever is available: cherries, mango, pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, etc. YUM

  27. My favorite thing to blend is smoothies and my favorite ones always have blueberries in it!

  28. I am so excited about this giveaway! Hope to win!

  29. I blend a lot of Protein Smoothies! Some favories are: chocolate/peanut butter/banana, pumpkin pie, chai/date, banana/mixed berry – all with spinach or kale to get in the extra greens

  30. Pam Currier says:

    Love pesto and homemade hummus!

  31. I got to borrow a Blendtec for a week, and they are pretty nice little machines! I sure wouldn’t mind having one!

  32. I love pesto and smoothies! Will be awesome to win since my Magic Bullet died.

  33. Brooke Ribelin says:

    My roommate only recently introduced me to pesto, and I love it! I love to blend my tomato sauce just to make the texture uniform (I’m not really sure if that’s something you shouldn’t do or not, but I do it anyway) πŸ™‚

  34. Eva Courtney says:

    My blender still works but it’s 20+ years old. So it doesn’t quite blend my green smoothies as smoothly as I would like.
    So this blender would be welcome addition to my kitchen.

  35. I would LOVE to try using the Blendtec to make homemade baby food!! Your homemade Pesto looks AMAZING as well!

  36. We like smoothies in our house! Fresh fruit, almond milk, spinach, yogurt, and peanut butter are all ingredients we use and enjoy. (But not all together!) My husband would absolutely LOVE to have a Blendtec blender!

  37. Renee Thielman says:

    I just recently started making lots of smoothies. They’re mostly veggies and my 14 month old loves them. It’s been fun trying new things to put in there. Alas, mine is a tiny not very strong one man blender so I can’t make anything too crazy, but one day we’ll get an upgrade and almond butter will be OURS!

  38. ooh that looks yummy! I like blending green smoothies, and hummus!

  39. LOVE me some pesto!!! I am DYING for a Blendtec!! What a awesome giveaway!

  40. I love to blend smoothies, especially ones with blueberries or bananas. Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. I love making a quick little snack from frozen bananas and a little cocoa powder. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  42. I use mine for blending jellies.

  43. I really don’t use my blender often. I recently made a Roasted Beet Hummus with my daughter using the blender, and also this very tasty adult beverage: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/fresh-peach-jalapeno-margarita/

  44. I love banana, blueberry and kale smoothies.

  45. I love pesto so much that I’ll eat it with pretty much anything that isn’t sweet, and we always make our own. Goodness, I saw your pictures and my mouth watered… now I want pesto on pasta, doritos, chicken, pizza… oh my πŸ™‚

  46. Love to make homemade salsa!

  47. I love making baby food for my little man!!

  48. monica p younes says:

    Spinach, ginger, berries and a cup of greek yogurt makes a great smoothie.

  49. Melinda M. says:

    Love smoothies with frozen berries!

  50. I want to make smoothies!!! & pesto. I love pesto.

  51. Mango,pineapple, banana and kale smoothies are yummy!

  52. I have a smoothie everyday for lunch! Chocolate protein powder, half a banana, almond milk, ice and a little peanut butter. So yum! I have also done fruit smoothies with spinach thrown in. Easy way to get some veggies!

  53. Colleen Ursenbach says:

    I don’t make smoothies because I need a great blender like this and I would LOVE to win it!!! I love strawberry and banana smoothies when I purchase them. I also love to make homemade pesto. Yours looks great!

  54. I love Pesto! Yum:) I don’t have a good blender and would love to win!

  55. Would LOVE to win this!

  56. I make smoothies everyday, all different kinds. My favorite is banana, pineapple, mango and coconut oil. I also love pestos and hummus! I would love this blender and use it often!

  57. i love my green smoothies!

  58. I could really use these!!

  59. I buy spinach and blend it and freeze it in ice cube trays. I like to take almond milk, greek yogurt, strawberries or what ever frozen fruit I have then I add the frozen spinach. Yummy goodness!

  60. I love my blendtec but it’s getting old and I’m afraid it’s going to die soon.

  61. Love making smoothies!

  62. I think my favorite is banana, pineapple, ice, ground flax and coconut milk. YUM!

  63. My favorite thing to blend is Mixed Berry Smoothies with Spinach. YUM!

  64. Homemade almond butter? YUM!

  65. I love smoothies. I’m on a kick for pumpkin smoothies right now. Delish1

  66. Peanut butter and banana smoothies!

  67. I keep thinking I need to make smoothies to get more veggies in but I need a good blender that works!

  68. I dont have a blender πŸ™ My blender broke a few years ago and my budget doesnt allow me to replace it at this time. I used to love to make milkshakes and slushie drinks and watch a movie with my kids. Thanks for a chance to win one and have blending fun again!

  69. Milkshakes, of course!

  70. This is awesome, I want one!

  71. Green smoothies. I love the combination of Pineapple, lime, strawberries, apples and spinach of course with a little fruit juice or almond milk.

  72. My favorite is strawberry, spinach, vanilla greek yogurt and a little bit of milk. So good!

  73. I LOVE the BlendTec! My parents have one, and it makes the smoothest smoothies! My husband and I would love to have one because we make so many smoothies! I love to just take some frozen fruit, and little bit of juice, and a little bit of yogurt, and make a delicious, healthy smoothie! Add some spinach–it won’t add much to the taste, but it sure adds a lot of vitamins!

  74. I love making a green smoothie with spinach, banana, pineapple, blueberries, apple and greek yogurt but I need an awesome blender like this make them more regularly!

  75. Love love love a good morning protein smoothie after a good workout. My favorite is a scoop of chocolate protein powder, half a banana, a spoonful of peanut butter, honey, some oats and milk!

  76. Pineapple and mangos are my favorite smoothie flavors. I like throwing in a hatch chile to add a little kick once in a while, too.

  77. strawberry smoothie

  78. Kim Church says:

    I like to blend Strawberry Banana smoothies!

  79. We make a LOT of pesto. Probably eat it once a week on pasta or pizza. We also make a lot of smoothies: spinach, strawberry, kiwi and banana is one of my favorites. Frozen pineapple is good in it, too.

  80. Stephanie W says:

    i would LOVE to win this! i would make smoothies, milkshakes and pesto!

  81. Juliette Mariano-Carlson says:

    I make smoothies every single day. Our favorite is frozen strawberries, frozen mangoes, frozen blueberries, with a banana, some fresh spinach leaves or organic kale, some greek yogurt, organic milk, and some 100% orange/banana juice….Delicious!!

  82. This blinder looks so amazing! My current one broke so this would be so awesome to try

  83. I love making fresh Pesto! Now I’m going to have to try it on bread too. ☺

  84. I love strawberries, mangos, bananas, orange juice, and greek yogurt in a smoothie. Yum!!

  85. My favorite smoothie is chocolate peanut butter banana. so good!

  86. I like to make simple ice cream shakes…just ice cream and milk….but I don’t do it often! :o)

  87. We had a Blendtec for a week and loved it when we had it, but it was defective and had to be sent back to QVC, and we didn’t want to reorder from them. I’ve been waiting for Costco to get them in again, but it would be even better to WIN one!!! We made some awesome soups and smoothies when we had it, I definitely miss it!

  88. I love adding just a little crystal light powder to my smoothies; peach and cherry lime are some of my faves. I also like using key lime yogurt πŸ™‚

  89. Strawberry Smoothie

  90. Melanie Mangelson says:

    I like smoothies with banana, peanut butter, and chocolate protein powder.

  91. Hot pink breakfast smoothie, from the green smoothie girl.

  92. Strawberry~Banana smoothie. Mmmm.

  93. Smoothies are the only way my picky eater will let fruit into his body. Sheesh!
    A new blender would be a delight!

  94. I’m a fan of simple: strawberry & banana.

  95. I am looking forward to trying this pesto recipe, and possibly winning this blendtec. I make whey protein fruit smoothies with my grandkids.

  96. My husband really wants this

    • We are eager to try all sorts of things but at the moment we usually just do smoothies. I use to make all of our baby food and now we are searching the website looking at all the cool things you can make.

  97. My favorite things to blend are fruits and veggies Ito make green smoothies.

  98. I need a BLENDTEC absolutely!
    Unfortunately, the schools have changed their menus and our elementary children are not eating healthy and it all starts with BREAKFAST. If my kids were to start off each morning the BLENDTECH way, their minds would run as efficiently as this piece of equipment does!!! If I had a magic wand, I would would wave it and say “PESTO!” and I would have a BLENDTEC but I don’t have a magic wand…. so, I need TO WIN THIS! πŸ™‚

  99. Not so healthy but I want to try that Dole Whip from Disneyland, it looks & sounds so yummy!

  100. Nicole Kirk says:

    My favorite thing to blend is all sorts of nuts into butters. I can never quite get them as smooth as I’d like them to be though. That’s actually how I heard about this amazing blending machine. How truly awesome it would be to finally own one. Thank you for the opportunity to win. What an incredible gift you get to give.

  101. I love to blend frozen bananas, a little chocolate powder and a spoon full of peanut butter, it’s like a chocolate milk shake. If I’m feeling extra healthy, I’ll add a small handfull of spinach.

  102. Looks yummy!

  103. Jennifer m says:

    I just like to experiment with different fruits in the blender. This blender looks awesome!

  104. Nicholle C. says:

    Love making the spinach smoothies – add frozen banana or pineapple or whatever I happen to have in the freezer….great way to get more of the green veggies!

  105. I do my shakeology shakes in a blender that is older than me. My favorite is vanilla shakeology + banana + yogurt (or almond milk + almond butter) + frozen raspberries/strawberries + wheat germ = delish!

  106. Barbara Youngren says:

    My favorite is a pomegranate/blueberry smoothie with all the “extras” (mango, banana, spinach, chia seeds, flax..) yum!

  107. I love blending smoothies! I usually throw together strawberries, banana, pineapple, oj, water, spinach, kale and protein powder (strawberry flavored). Super yummy and filling!

  108. My friends rave about Blendtec, I would love to join πŸ™‚

  109. I love to blend mainly unhealthy things like banana, ice cream, and malt together but do like some of the healthy blends also.

  110. We love pesto !

  111. Amy Cooley says:

    I like to make blended coffee drinks like Starbucks

  112. Amy Cooley says:

    My kids like to keep it simple…strawberry/banana smoothies!

  113. baby food

  114. We like a couple handfuls of spinach, some orange juice, whatever yogurt is in the fridge, a banana and whatever frozen berries we have. My kids call is Frog Nog.

  115. We love making all kinds of fruit smoothies. I also have a recipe for a chocolate mousse made with advocado, cocoa, and agave that is fabulous.

  116. My favorite thing to blend is smoothies. My parents have blueberry bushes, so we always have tons of frozen blueberries. Some of those, some yogurt, flax seeds, bananas = yummy! I’d love to have a better blender than what we have, though, because we just have the cheap-o one that leaves me picking whole flax seeds out of my teeth all morning! πŸ™‚

  117. I seriously need to try this thing! hoping to win it!

  118. I’ve made a strawberry pineapple smoothie that was really good.

  119. I’ve been wanting a new blender so badly! I make smoothies all the time, and also would like to use it for blended soups this winter. I just haven’t been able to invest in one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  120. iced coffees!

  121. I make homemade Salsa in my blender. The whole family loves it! I could sure use a new blender, though, so I hope to win!

  122. Jennifer G says:

    I really like smoothies in with topical fruit or with mixed berries.

  123. I actually use it to chop tomatoes when making chili!

  124. I would love this machine!! I am using a ninja right now. Make my mom and I smoothies for breakfast. I blend in frozen berry mix (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries), then a frozen mix of peaches, pineapple, mango and strawberries. Buy them at Sam’s. then I throw in a banana, apples and kiwi. Alone with 2 TBSP of raw organic honey, wheat germ. Then use coconut water, pom juice, carrot juice, whatever I have in the house. Then as I blend it all up I pour in melted 2 TBSP coconut oil. Soooo yummy.

  125. AmberGardner says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway

  126. My favorite is a combination of bananas, peanut butter and chocolate (usually protein powder).

  127. My kids like frozen bananas, unsweetened cocoa powder and a little sweetener. I do half an avocado, spinach, half a green apple, and aloe juice with a little chocolate stevia!! Do you add any salt on your pesto? I would love this blender!!

  128. I love to blend peanut butter smoothies!

  129. my boyfriend makes really good strawberry banana smoothies.

  130. I make a green smoothie everyday. I drink a quart jar filled with it so that I can have more energy! I have seen a HUGE difference in my energy level drinking my greens everyday. I blend in collard greens, spinach, kale, beet greens and swiss chard with a banana, apples, frozen berries and any other fruit I have. I also put in a scoop of protein powder, sprouted flax seed and a little organic stevia. Check out greensmoothiegirl.com. Hope that helps!

  131. I love making smoothies – all types.

  132. I haven’t blended anything yet but if I win the blender I would love to make some fruit smoothies.

  133. Stephanie Lughermo says:

    My favorite is a simple fruit smoothie in the morning: Plain greek yogurt, frozen mixed berries, almond milk, and if I’m feeling sassy some apple or banana. So quick and so good!

  134. I would so love this!

  135. pumpkin smoothie- 1/4 cup pumpkin, 1 scoop of vanilla or cinnamon roll protein powder, 5-8 ice cubes, 1/2 cup almond milk….delicious!!

  136. not healthy but bushwackers….or gazpacho

  137. I love making green smoothies. It’s an excellent way to get more veggie into your diet!

  138. I love the green smoothies: I use water, Ice, spinach leaves, an apple, and an orange

  139. We love smoothies at our house, but my favourite thing to make is homemade peanut butter. I love that it has no added sugar and no oil. Plus, it tastes SO much better than anything I’ve ever bought in the store.

  140. I love to make all kinds of drinks with fresh and frozen fruit. Yum!

  141. Deborah Hubler says:

    Mixed Berry

  142. This looks amazing and I want a blendtec sooo bad!!!!!!

  143. I love to make a smoothie with: spinach, strawberry, mango, vanilla protein powder, and almond milk. So good!

  144. Favorite smoothie-
    Fresh Banana
    Organic Kale
    Golden beets
    Pear
    Organic blueberries (frozen)
    Organic cherries (frozen)
    Frozen strawberries
    Unsweetened Organic Plain coconut milk
    Plain unsweetened coconut yogurt
    && occasionally a little coconut water!
    & sometimes hydrated chia seeds

  145. My favorite thing to blend are green smoothies and salsa.

  146. I love to blend peaches, cinnamon and honey together. add with ice and milk for smoothie. yum.

  147. Breakfast oatmeal smoothie is my favorite!

    1 cup ice
    1/2 cup frozen berries (any mix you like!)
    1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt (I use Greek)
    1 banana
    1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 cup liquid, such as orange juice
    1-2 Tablespoons chia seeds
    2 Tablespoons flax seeds

    Place ice and frozen berries in the bottom of blender, and all other ingredients on top. Whir until smooth. Enjoy!

  148. Nancy Piercy says:

    I would love this, for smoothies with my kids on hectic mornings and for nice pasta sauces and natural peanut butter!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooooooooooo many possibilities!

  149. It has to have berries! Atrawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries!

  150. Christina Z says:

    I love to blend spinach and greens to make green smoothies

  151. Every morning we have oatmeal & a green smoothie… it has a banana, milk (we use almond), honey, water, kale or spinach or sometimes both (i buy big bags of fresh kale or boxes of fresh spinach at costco and throw them in the freezer when I get home), chia seeds, boku superfood, sometimes yogurt, cinnamon, and always blueberries (sometimes we add other frozen fruit too like mangoes or strawberries)… super yummy and super healthy! If you’re concerned about not liking it just add more honey… πŸ™‚

  152. I love blending tropical smoothies with bananas, pineapple, mango, and a splash of almond milk!

  153. I love making pesto in the blender, and any strawberry banana smoothie!

  154. Heather K Miller says:

    My favorite thing to blend is smoothies. I absolutely love banana, blueberry and strawberry with some spinach thrown in.

  155. I love pesto and would love to be able to make more of my own food!! I make smoothies for my son and I all the time-he loves them :0). I like to use a banana, greek yogurt, protein powder, strawberries, raspberries, mango, blueberries, spinach, and flax.

  156. Leslie Kiley says:

    My favorite smoothie is a combo of frozen peaches, strawberries and orange juice! wakes me right up! I love blended things!

  157. My favorite thing to blend is smoothies. My favorite is mixed berry (I get a big bag from Costco) and bananas.

  158. I always love a good strawberry smoothie!

  159. Who won???.

  160. First of all, I love the fact that this recipe is SO simple. We love pesto around here. Now I feel I can actually make it from scratch. Thanks for the recipe.

    Secondly, your brother and sister-in-law live in Corpus Christi? That’s where I live. Wow!

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