Homemade Fresh Basil Oil

Make your own basil and olive oil blend. Swirl a little Homemade Basil Oil on soup, or make salad dressing. Homemade is healthier and cheaper than store-bought.

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A great way to add a little flavor to a dish or salad! Homemade Fresh Basil Oil

Homemade Basil oil seems a little out of left field for me. What, this is a recipe where one of the main ingredients is oil? That means there is a lot of fat. What is going on? Let me explain myself. I made a delicious, vegetarian soup recipe that needed a little something extra. One of my favorite restaurants, Better Half in Atlanta, makes the most marvelous soups. Their soup always has a lot of components and a little flavor explosion. That is what my soup needed, a flavor explosion.

That is where a little touch of homemade basil oil comes in. A teaspoon of basil oil swirled on the top of the soup gave me the luxurious flavors and textures I was looking for. I tried to make a small batch of basil oil, just enough for the soup, but it wasn’t enough liquid for my blender to really puree the basil. So I decided to make a bigger batch. Finally our basil plants have taken off, and we are harvesting basil like crazy. So I get a fabulous recipe and use up some basil.

What else can you make with homemade basil oil? When you are making a salad dressing, replace the regular olive oil with basil oil. Having fish for dinner? Add a teaspoon of the basil oil on top of the fish, right before serving. Pasta? Did someone say pasta? The simplest pasta recipe in Italy is simply olive oil and fresh ground black pepper. Use the basil oil instead of extra virgin olive oil for one fragrant and fabulous pasta dish. I wouldn’t cook with this oil.

Think of this oil as a finishing oil. You want to add it to bring out bursts of flavor. Here is another one, a caprese salad. That is so simple, cut up tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar and basil oil on top. You can keep the Homemade Fresh Basil Oil, covered, in the refrigerator for about a week. Let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before using. It is that simple. By the way, you will get the soup recipe in two weeks.

A great way to add a little flavor to a dish or salad! Homemade Fresh Basil Oil

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Homemade Fresh Basil Oil

Serving size 1 tsp.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 40 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil not extra-virgin

Instructions

  1. Puree the basil and oil in a blender.
  2. Pour into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer for about 1 minute.
  3. Turn off the heat and let cool.
  4. Strain the basil through a sieve into a bowl.
  5. For clearer oil, strain again through cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
  7. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before using

Recipe Notes

I calculated  4 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Fresh Basil Oil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

But wait, there’s more.  Check out these deliciously, healthy recipes that use basil: Roasted Pepper, Feta and Basil Dip www.fooddonelight.comRoasted Pepper, Feta and Basil Dip The best rice dish !Basil Pesto Rice Spaghetti Pilaf (Copycat Rice a Roni) Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Basil Pesto Rice Pilaf The best dinner! Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches, Low Calorie, Low Fat Dinner Recipe Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Pimento Cheese  

Comments

  1. What a delicious idea! And I think it makes perfect sense with your mission so to speak, Adding all that extra flavor means you will use less of it.
  2. I used to buy a basil flavored olive oil, so I'm glad to know that I can now make it at home! It's perfect for dipping fresh bread into.
  3. Flavored oils are a great way to finish so many dishes! This looks great.
  4. I LOVE basil. I bet this would be delicious drizzled on tomato soup.
  5. What a great idea. I never would have thought of it. I love the idea of this drizzled over tomatoes caprese. Yum.
  6. Michelle@healthiersteps says
    This is such a good idea, I have a lot of basil in my garden!
  7. basil is my favorite! I can imagine dipping a fresh warm hunk of bread into this...

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