Basil Pesto Butter

No I didn’t churn my own butter for todays post but that would be really rad.  This is just an “elevated” version of your typical stick butter with flavor.  Now it’s time to let you know how I came to make basil pesto butter.

It was a cold, wintery day here in town.  My butt seat warmer was going and my heater was on full speed as temperatures dipped into the 30s.  Mind you this was in the afternoon about 2 weeks ago when the day prior was in the high 70s.  I should have been laying on the couch draped with heavy blankets with a cozy little fire sparking off some major heat.  What was I thinking to be running errands with a toddler on such a dreary day.

I promise I’m getting somewhere…..

Basil Pesto Butter

I pulled into my local Costco store and decided that if I was going to buy stuff I was at least going to take my time in the store before heading back outside.  Livi made her way into the basket and we took off checking out every single aisle.  After about 30 minutes we made our way to the food section.  After tasting several samples and going back for seconds and possible thirds, we finally made our way to the prepared food section.

I was gearing up for a weekend alone with the toddler and elaborate meals are not in her daily plan.  I grabbed some pasta, meat and then glanced at the beautiful salmon with a LARGE scoop of basil pesto butter sitting on top.  After starring a lady down for the last container Olivia and I took off to the front to make sure the lady wasn’t after us.  I just know that she was mesmerized with the butter and salmon as much as we were.

After eating this salmon dish I decided right then and there to make basil pesto butter.  I could coat my bread, chicken, steak and of course salmon with this delicious spread.  I even whipped up enough to store in a jar for at least a couple of weeks.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Basil Pesto Butter

Basil Pesto Butter


  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt


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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14 comments on “Basil Pesto Butter”

  1. Basil and butter is a great idea! Your story reminds me of the movie Christmas with the Kranks where the mom is trying to get the last honey ham at the grocery store, haha.

  2. I love seasoned butters, I’ll add this one to my recipe box.

  3. Seriously, it’s like every SINGLE thing you post sounds amazing to me. I’ll be bringing this to Christmas dinner!

  4. This would be so good on an artisan bread toast YUM!

  5. i can think of so many things to do with this

  6. What a delicious butter with flavors that are so versatile and that will brighten up so many dishes. Definitely making this…thanks for sharing and the inspiration. 😉

  7. such a great recipe. basil would add such a kick

  8. Sounds delicious, I want to put it on everything!

  9. No one needs to know you didn’t churn it. This basil pesto butter combo sounds freakin awesome!

  10. Love having flavored butters on hand to amp up simple dishes!! This would also be the perfect hostess gift for the holidays!

  11. I’ve never craved butter before until now 😉

  12. sounds great going to make it now. others I have tried are to strong

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