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Basil Pesto

A classic fresh sauce made with basil and pine nuts.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pesto
Servings: 1 cup


  • Food Processor


  • 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


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