Easy Basil Ice Cream

By Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza is an award-winning cookbook author, columnist, and international TV host. Passionate about great food, she combines American traditions with her European heritage to create classic-with-a-twist recipes and ideas for stylish entertaining at home.
August 23, 2021 Updated: August 23, 2021

Children will scream and adults will swoon over this ice cream’s green hue and sweet, fragrant flavor. You can make the vanilla ice cream base from scratch, or simply start with store-bought.

It is fantastic served with berries, or just by itself in a pretty bowl. I love it frozen in a rectangular mold, inverted onto a platter, and then served at the table with crunchy cookies on the side and some berries on top.

Serves 6

  • 1 1/2 quarts full-fat vanilla ice cream
  • 4 cups basil leaves, stems removed
  • Fresh berries and crunchy cookies, optional

Leave the ice cream on the kitchen counter to thaw for about 30 minutes. You want it soft, but not completely melted.

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Blanch the basil leaves for about 10 seconds, or until wilted. Remove with a slotted spoon and dry on paper towels.

In a blender, combine the softened ice cream and basil leaves and blend until all of an even color. Transfer to a mold and freeze until set, about 3 hours.

To serve, un-mold the ice cream on a decorative platter and garnish it with berries and/or cookies.

Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza is an award-winning cookbook author, columnist, and international TV host. Passionate about great food, she combines American traditions with her European heritage to create classic-with-a-twist recipes and ideas for stylish entertaining at home.