Healthy Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Soy for Serious Eaters

B&B Pesto

B&B Pesto

Ok, I know you are wondering, “What in the world does B&B stand for?” Wait no longer! Create this yourself using Black Basil, Black Olive Oil, and toasted pine nuts! It is so yummy. I used it to marinate our grilled veggies. What a feast! My husband was in France for a boy’s week and brought me back a bottle of BLACK, that’s right, Black Olive Oil. The smell is wonderful, and it tastes like you are biting into a yummy black olive. Check this out!

You can also use regular green basil and your favorite olive oil. I occasionally change it using cashews, almonds, or walnuts. This is a great condiment to keep on hand and lasts for four weeks (but mine is always consumed before that!).


June 20, 2016
: 0.5 cups
: 10 min
: 5 min
: 15 min


  • 2 cups black basil or fresh green
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts or your choice, toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup black or green olive oil 1/4 for the pesto & 1/4 for the top
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  • dash black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese optional
  • Step 1 Place all the ingredients in your food processor. Remember, just put 1/4 cup of the oil in the processor. The other 1/4 cup is for the top. It seals it while you store it in the fridge.
  • Step 2 Check the consistency and add more oil, a drizzle at a time if desired. I toast the pine nuts to give a little nutty-smokey flavor.
  • Step 3 Once blended, place in an airtight jar and cover the top with the other 1/4 cup to keep the pesto fresh. This stores nicely for up to a week.
  • Step 4 Before using, mix the 1/4 cup oil on the top into the pesto. If any are left, cover with a bit of oil and keep in the fridge.


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