CAN YOU FREEZE FRESH BASIL PESTO? Yes, you can freeze basil pesto. Make the basil pesto according to the recipe but leave out the cheese. Cheese doesn’t freeze well. Place the pesto in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to a month. When you are ready to use it thaw and bring to room temperature before serving (do not heat it!). Then stir in the cheese, you can use the blender again if you want to break the cheese up more.
This easy Pesto Cream Cheese Spread is an amazing make ahead appetizer for a crowd. Layers of basil pesto, sun dried tomatoes, and cream cheese are perfect for spreading on a piece of crusty Italian bread!