Oregano-Basil Lemon Pesto

25 Sep

Fresh herb season is coming to an end, which is sad. Put your flowering oregano and basil plants to use with this fragrant, flavorful pesto.

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The combination of oregano and basil, with lemon juice, makes for an amazing pairing, that is bright and vibrant on the tongue. The fresh garlic and chili flakes add a bit of kick, and the walnuts add a nice deep nutty flavor.

I tossed this with some whole wheat gnocchi, and topped that with pan-fried leftover “meat”balls. But do with it what you will! And if you have a large abundance of oregano and basil, make extra batches of this, store in the freezer, and pull it out for a hint of summer on those cold late-winter days.

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Oregano-Basil Lemon Pesto, adapted from This is How I Cook

Makes about 1 cup of pesto (8 servings)

  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 C walnut halves or pieces
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 c grated parmesan just cut 4 1″ chunks off your block of parmesan
  • 1 C lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 C lightly packed fresh oregano leaves
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes

Rinse the basil and oregano and remove the leaves from their stems.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. You’ll need to scrape down the sides with a spatula once or twice in the process.

Taste to see if you need to add anything, perhaps olive oil or some more salt and/or pepper. Blend until it’s to your liking.

Store in a glass container in the fridge, or use right away. This will stay fresh in your fridge, in an air-tight container, for up to a week.

Need ideas? Toss it with fresh whole wheat gnocchi, smear some on a grilled cheese sandwich, toss it into potatoes and roast in the oven, or mix with plain Greek yogurt for a herby veggie dip!

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23 Responses to “Oregano-Basil Lemon Pesto”

  1. Old Things R New September 25, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    I love fresh pesto! Our local farmer’s market has a stand that sells the herbs in quantities to make their pesto recipe. I tasted theirs and it was amazing!

    • xtinaluvspink September 25, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      Fabulous! I love playing around with different herbs and nuts. Next time: almonds.

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities July 25, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    I ADORE oregano! This would be so so so good on Eggplant and Chicken!

  3. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets July 25, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    I’ve never made my own pesto, yum, and gnocchi is my favorite…this is definitely making me hungry!

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner July 25, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    I have not made my own pesto in a long time! Love the oregano in there.

  5. kimberly July 25, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    I love oregano and basil! It’s a bread and butter combo- goes together every time. Looks yummy!

  6. Mikki July 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    I have to make my pesto with cashew ‘parmesan’ cheese but i’m thinking it would taste great with this recipe! Yum.

  7. Glenneth July 25, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    i have never made pesto, but this looks easy enough. sounds delicious!!!

  8. Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run July 25, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Pesto is the way to my heart ❤

  9. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness July 25, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    Mmmmm I need to make a batch of this!!! I have a basil plant outside that keeps growing and growing! Gotta harvest those leaves soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. nutritioulicious July 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

    What an interesting recipe! I have never seen oregano pesto! Sounds super yummy!

  11. ilkasblog July 25, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

    This pesto recipe sounds great! The fresh oregano leaves must taste amazing!

  12. Heather Gannoe (@runfastermommy) July 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

    I haven’t had pesto in far too long! This recipe looks delicious!

  13. Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife) July 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

    Fresh pesto is the best! I freeze mine in ice cube trays so I can take out single servings as needed!! Yum!!

  14. Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) July 26, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    I love pesto. Lots of garlic.

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