February 23, 2012

pesto bruchetta recipe

since i hate onions and tomatoes, i always avoid bruchetta at restaurants. however, this one italian place we went to recently had fresh pesto topped bruchetta. it was absolutely so delicious, that i decided i needed to whip some up at home! it wasn't that hard, and was SO GOOD.

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
a little less than 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Loaf of Italian Bread


~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees
~ Add garlic to food processor/ magic bullet and pulse a few times.
~ Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse again.
~ I used a magic bullet, so it was slow going at first. I had to pulse and pulse until I finally got most of it chopped. Once I added the olive oil, it was smooth sailing... so I suggest adding some of that in first if you have a magic bullet!
~ Slowly add the olive oil a bit at a time.
~ Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended.
~ Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

(if you wish to freeze your pesto- omit the cheese and pine nuts, and add at a later date! you WILL have pesto leftover, so this might be a good option.)

~ Cut Italian bread into thin slices, and place on a baking sheet.
~ Bake the slices for about 10 minutes.
~ Spread pesto onto the bread slices, and serve!!


Expert tip: use good olive oil.

While the pesto we made was good, it would've been even better if we'd made sure we had some better quality stuff on hand. (I'm partial to the unfiltered organic olive oil from Trader Joe's, but unfortunately there was none around.)


pesto bruchetta



  1. Yum yum yum!!! I love pesto, I really want to try making it but it seems like you need a crazy amount of basil (pretty pricey here unfortunately!) That looks gorgeous though!

  2. that sucks! i paid about $3 for a huge thing of basil that i only used half of...

    but the pine nuts is what killed me!! $6 for a tiny little tub! i've read that you can substitute walnuts, but i didn't try...

  3. oh goodness, this food looks absolutely incredible! yum, yum!
    xo TJ

  4. YUM. i want this now.

    absolutely wonderful blog! so much inspiration!

    love, rach.

  5. Pesto is something I have never made myself but always wanted to! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. yummy! I must try it! :D


  7. I love pesto..last year we made a few jars out of the basil left over we had from the garden:)... Homemade pesto is really amazing:D... You should try to grow some basil at home, when we lived in a tiny flat in london(we now live in italy) we had a plant of basil in the kitchen and it became huge!!:)..

  8. I LOVE pesto! I should try this recipe really soon!


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