If you have been following along with my blog, you will remember how I was crazy enough to plant up thirteen flats of Basil. Not sure what I was thinking. I was just enjoying the whole potting up sessions and the Basil flats were intermingled with all the tomatoes I grew. Well, now I have so much Basil I am scrambling to almost give it away. I went out over the weekend and topped off all my plants. You see the plants had grown about a foot tall but hadn’t branched out. To create a bushy Basil plant you want to pinch off the central stem at the six leaf mark. I went out with a small pair of scissor and look what I harvested.
There is nothing better than fresh Basil. The scent is heavenly. So what was I going to do with all this Basil. I decided to make some pesto. It’s so easy and takes less than a half hour to make.
I gave the leaves a quick rinse to shake off any debris or bugs. I got my other supplies together. I found a simple recipe for pesto over at Simply Recipes. I used 2 cups of packed Basil leaves, 1/2 cup of 100%Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup of pine nuts, 1/2 cup of olive oil and 3 minced organic garlic cloves. You can add salt or pepper to taste but I left it out. I placed the basil and pine nuts in my food processor and gave it a couple of quick pulses. Next I added the garlic and the cheese and pulsed it a few more times. The last step was to pour the oil in as it was being pulsed once again. Be sure to scrape the sides down in between the pulsing. This will allow any unchopped bits to get properly blended and chopped.
You will know when its mixed enough by checking out the consistency.
This recipe made exactly one cup of pesto sauce. I am sure I will many more batches with so much basil on hand. I like to pop my pesto into the freezer for future meals but you can use it on pasta, crackers or over meat. I like it baked inside squash. Can you say delicious?
I had harvested just a bit too much Basil. If you have extra Basil place it in a glass of water or a vase and leave it on your kitchen counter. The plant will do fine and you can use it as needed throughout the week. Don’t be surprised to see roots form on your Basil in the water below.
I was pretty surprised to see this happen to my Basil last year. It took about a week and roots appeared. So it just shows you that you can easily have more plants by saving a few stems of Basil. Not that I need any more, please no.