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Basil Pesto

This quick and easy Basil Pesto is so delicious, you’ll need to make a second batch! Perfect for adding to pasta, fish, baked tomatoes and sandwiches, it’s kicks up the flavor of your favorite foods!

Pesto in a white bowl with a spoon on a yellow checkered napkin.

Why this Recipe works

Any gardeners out there?

My garden is going insane this year!! I hope you guys are ready for an influx of zucchini recipes! I’ve already got some made and photographed, and they’ll be up on the blog here soon!

Favorites: Zucchini Bread | Zucchini Bars

But today, let’s talk about basil.

And while we use a lot of it to make our favorite bruschetta recipe…I’m also going to share our go-to BASIL PESTO recipe today!

Some of you may be thinking, hmmmm, I love pesto, but what can I use it on?

Keep on reading friends!

Fresh basil plant in ground.
Pesto ingredients in a food processor before blending.

Step by Step Instructions

I love that making simple pesto is so easy with just a few ingredients, and it only takes minutes.

In a food processor, combine the fresh basil with pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.

Blend until fine.

Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and process until desired consistency, adding more or less oil as needed.

Homemade pesto being spread onto a pizza crust with a spoon.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Pesto Pasta: Mix the pesto into some warm pasta noodles. Side dish completed, it’s that easy. Add some chicken to make it a meal.
  2. Salmon: Top your salmon with pesto and almonds. OMG yum!
  3. Shrimp: on the grill and delicious!
  4. Pesto Pizza: make a grilled pizza with pesto, tomatoes and cheese!
  5. Pesto Pork Tenderloin– easy topping for your pork!

If you have too much, put it in ice cube trays in the freezer.

Then when making spaghetti, toss a few cubes into your sauce for extra flavor! ENJOY!

This quick and easy Basil Pesto is so delicious, you'll need to make a second batch! Perfect for adding to pasta, fish, baked tomatoes and sandwiches, it's kicks up the flavor of your favorite foods!

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Yield: about 1/2 cup

Basil Pesto

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

This quick and easy Basil Pesto is so delicious, you'll need to make a second batch! Perfect for adding to pasta, fish, baked tomatoes and sandwiches, it's kicks up the flavor of your favorite foods!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Blend until fine.
  2. Slowly add in the olive oil and blend until desired consistency, adding more or less oil as needed. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days. ENJOY.

Notes

Store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on July 21, 2016

Comments & Reviews

  1. Thanks for simple and great recipe for pesto.
    It was the first time I made pesto and your video made it super easy.

  2. Pesto is the best! Your recipe looks just wonderful. I am experiencing a bit of basil jealousy here since my basil plants are getting holes eaten through them this year! I still think I have enough to make a batch of this good stuff though 🙂 

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