Fresh Basil Pesto

This recipe is absolute perfection and a favorite in my household. 

Quick and easy to make, everyone is bound to enjoy this one!

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Yields: 3-4 Servings


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Tools

  • Food processor


-In a food processor add in basil and pine nuts. Pulse several times in the food processor until combined. 

-Next, add parmesan, minced garlic, salt, and pepper into the food processor and pulse several more times until combined. 

-Once all of the ingredients have been incorporated, keep the food processor going on a slow speed while slowly pouring olive oil into the food processor.

-Serve the basil pesto in a side dish or combine into your meal and enjoy!

This recipe works great with various pasta, meat, and seafood dishes!


-After many trials to perfect this recipe, I have found that personally, I do not prefer a pesto that is too oily. I use ⅓ cup of oil because it helps blend the ingredients together perfectly without excess oil. If you want to add more oil feel free to do so and it will still taste amazing! 

-Scrape down the sides of the food processor w/ a rubber spatula to ensure all ingredients are mixed well.

-Pesto is quick to brown when exposed to air for long periods of time. To store, place the basil pesto in an airtight container or cover tightly with plastic wrap to ensure the basil pesto does not have prolonged contact with the air.

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