Thursday, January 28, 2010

Basil Pesto with Feta Cheese

Basil pesto is very easy to make, and there is no cooking required. It is very tasty and makes a great pasta sauce, but it can also use used with chicken, sandwiches, etc. Traditionally, pesto is made with Parmesan cheese. I make my pesto exclusively with feta or sheeps cheese.


2 garlic cloves

2 cups fresh basil leaves

1 cup olive oil

1 cup feta cheese

salt to taste

Place all the ingredients in your blender in the order listed and blend together. You can change the measures depending on how you like your sauce. Taste it before adding salt. Some feta can be pretty strong and you may not need any salt.

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Grow your own basil! Its easy! If you are into cooking, it is convenient to have fresh herbs handy. If you need a couple of basil or mint leaves, it is hardly worthy a trip to the supermarket to buy several twigs for about $5. The flavor can hardly compare to that of dried herbs. I've been growing my own herbs for several years now. I grew them in various climates- Virginia, Arizona and California. Herbs are easy to cultivate and you can harvest them any time you need them. They can be grown in pots or in the ground. They will last until the first frost, but you can extend their growing season if you plant them indoors.


  1. Olive oil is good for you. Sometimes I put only olive oil on pasta and nothing else.