Make Pesto Now to Use this Winter

Basil is at its peak now and it is the perfect time to make Pesto. I make batches during the summer to enjoy all winter.

Make your pesto as usual and then spoon it into an ice tray that has been sprayed with cooking spray. I use olive oil spray since pesto contains olive oil. Cover with plastic and freeze. I find that one batch of pesto will exactly fill one ice cube tray.

Here are the frozen cubes:


Use a knife (a table knife is fine) to loosen each cube. Pop them out of the tray and place in a resealable freezer bag.


The main thing that I use my frozen pesto cubes for is pizza. I thaw two cubes, brush the pesto over the crust, add my toppings, and bake. We like this so much that we never use tomato sauce on our pizza at home. I also use my cubes for pasta or I will melt a cube and toss it with vegetables.

I’ll be happy to share a pesto recipe if anyone is interested.


  1. Paula,

    This is an ingenious idea!! I think you should join Foodie Friday with it because it is so original along with how you use your pesto. Also, I would love your recipe for pesto…

    Thanks so much! 🙂


  2. I do this every year. It is so good in the winter to have some “fresh” pesto! Have a great day!

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