Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

I recall getting this from an old Gourmet magazine. It is super easy and great to have in the freezer for pasta. Fresh basil is a must. Difficult to give number of servings because it depends on how much sauce you like.


  1. In blender, puree ingredients.
  2. Shape into small balls.
  3. Freeze invidivually and then put in covered container.
  4. To serve: remove, warm to room temperature and serve over hot pasta of your choice.


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I tried this - its simple and very good but butter-heavy. For similar flavour I grow lots of fresh basil every year & process leaves with a tiny bit of olive oil & freeze in 2-TBSP balls. This can be made into a small batch of pesto by adding garlic etc. or simply drop 1 or 2 frozen basil balls into minestrone or tomato soup for fresh basil flavour - its much better than dried basil.

Maple November 18, 2008

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