Spring Time! Favorite Basil Recipes

Spring is in the air!! There are babies on the way, herbs are planted and it’s finally that perfect weather that lasts only about a month here in FL (before the heat). Ok…more about babies and basil…

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No, no silly, no babies for me, just one for now. Here are the babies!


There is a couple of Carolina Wrens that built a home in one of my planters, on the balcony. If you are following me on Facebook, then you already know the story. They have been building their home since February and this weekend, they finally laid their eggs! Three babies are on the way…I can’t wait. Look at the proud mama sitting on her eggs, keeping her babies warm!


I’m glad that I got a chance to plant my herb garden before they laid their eggs. Since the planter is right over the herbs, I don’t want to bother them by going out to the balcony. My basil is not sprouting. I can’t wait for the season’s first homemade pesto!


Just a couple of weeks until my basil looks like this and we finally get to have some homegrown, fresh basil!


While I’m waiting, I can plan what I will make with it. I want to share some of my favorite recipes where basil makes a star appearance!


Tomato Basil Soup

Classic Caprese Salad edited

Classic Caprese Salad

Chicken Parm Sliders 4 ed

Parmesan Chicken Sliders


Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese

Classico Shrimp Tomato Bisque 2 ed

Shrimp Tomato Bisque

Homemade Fresh Pasta Sauce 4 ed

Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce


Homemade Pesto


Copycat Zoe’s Pasta Salad


Pizza Margherita

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  1. Great photos, the ones of the birds are super!

  2. What wonderful photographs, especially of the dear little birds! This is a wonderful collection of basil recipes too. I’m going to share them forward. I think my favourite is the Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese :)

  3. Oh man I’m drooling… I need to eat lunch. These look SO GOOD.

  4. The Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese sounds fab!!!

  5. I like this post! Pinning this! Hopping from Diana’s pin me linky party.

  6. Yummm….these looks super delicious….! I am pinning them.
    Thanks for sharing.


  7. That is so sweet that you are able to watch the next and see the baby chicks arrival. My favorite fresh herb is basil. Your recipes look delicious. I will be giving some of them a try.
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

  8. Great list! can’t wait to try~ Paula

  9. Your pictures are very nice. Love the birds. I host a linky party on Tuesday called The Gathering Spot and would love it if you’d stop by and share something! Hope to see you there!

  10. I love basil! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday. They all look sooo good!

  11. The Caprese Salad looks amazing!

  12. Thanks for sharing! I grow basil in the summer and am always trying to think of new recipes. A neighbor told me you can even use it to make tea, although I’m not sure I like it THAT much. These foods look great!

  13. Awesome collection Lyuba! I just got a basil plant and found your ideas as I was looking for some great recipes! So fun to find a friend’s collection! :) You are a Featured Favorite on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this weekend! We love having you join us and can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)


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