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fresh pesto with basil

Basil Pesto

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


A classic fresh sauce made with basil and pine nuts.


  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¾ cup Parmesan-Reggiano cheese (grated)
  • 4 cups basil leaves (packed)
  • ¾ cup olive oil (extra virgin)
  • ½ tsp sea salt (more if needed)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread pine nuts over a baking sheet. Toast in preheated oven for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool.
  3. Add cooled pine nuts to the bowl of your food processor along with minced garlic and grated cheese. Pulse until combined.
  4. Add your basil leaves.
  5. Turn your food processor on to low and slowly pour in the oil with the motor running until the sauce is smooth.
  6. Garnish with salt.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Pesto