Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

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Make this fresh and delicious Basil Pesto in just minutes!  Just 6 simple ingredients make up this pesto.  Add it to pasta sauces, salads, soups and spread on sandwiches!


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/23/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Using a food processor, blend together the basil, pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese, until it is a rough paste.
  2. Then while the processor is running, slowly pour in the olive oil (through the tube), until combined. The pesto should be a semi-thick paste.
  3. If the pesto is too dry, just add more olive oil.
  4. Season with salt & pepper to taste.


Use the basil pesto immediately, or store in a covered jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Keywords: basil pesto, pesto