Basil pesto butter is a unique twist on traditional pesto and flavored butter. I first sampled some on a Costco run and I knew I had to make it myself! This recipe tastes incredible over fresh pasta, on grilled chicken or fish, or as a spread for crusty baguette slices.
It’s hard to go wrong with this pesto butter recipe, but here are a few quick tips to make it turn out perfect every time:
Fresh basil is the key that makes this pesto butter shine. You can use dried basil in a pinch, but I highly recommend getting your hands on some fresh basil. It gives this pesto butter that rich, aromatic flavor that only fresh herbs provide.
Pine Nut Substitutes
Pine nuts give this basil butter the flavor of traditional pesto. If you don’t have pine nuts on hand, try almonds or cashews for a different spin.
Go Crazy with the Garlic (or Not)
I added a moderate amount of garlic in this pesto butter recipe. If you’re a huge garlic fan, feel free to double or triple the amount of garlic you use. If you’re not such a garlic lover, you can cut back to half or even omit it entirely.
Here are answers to some common questions about this basil pesto butter:
What are some different ways to use basil pesto butter?
Once you’ve tasted this delicious pesto butter, you’ll want to use it on everything! Here are some ideas to inspire you:
Do I keep this pesto butter on the counter or in the fridge?
To keep this flavored butter fresh, store it in a jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Set it out on the counter for 10 minutes before using to make it more spreadable.
Can you freeze this basil pesto butter?
Yes! Wrap your basil pesto butter tightly and store in the freezer in an airtight container. It will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. To thaw, put your pesto butter in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Did you make this basil pesto butter recipe? I’d love to see your creations on Instagram! Make sure to tag your post with #azbrecipes or #azestybiterecipes so I’ll be sure to see them. Enjoy!
In a food processor add all of the ingredients. Mix until well blended and then add to a jar.
Remove from refrigerator at least 10 minutes prior to use.
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