Basil Pesto

Pesto is a bright flavorful sauce made from lots of fresh basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. The word "pesto" derives from the fact that it used to be made with a mortar and pestle, but these days a food processor steps in to speed up the process.

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Basil Pesto

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Total Time: 15 m
  • Servings:
    Makes ½ cup


  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup more if needed
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Using a food processor, running with the lid on, drop the garlic and Parmesan cheese down the feed tube and process. Add the pine nuts and process again. Add the basil leaves. Drizzle in the olive oil slowly and process until everything comes together and the pesto is the consistency you’re looking for. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
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