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Easy Homemade Basil Pesto

Did you know that you can make a homemade basil pesto in just a few minutes? This easy homemade basil pesto recipe is so fresh and delicious!

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What is pesto?

Pesto is used to refer to the sauce that originated in Liguria, Italy. It consists of garlic, pine nuts, salt, basil leaves, hard cheese, and olive oil.

It can be used to add flavor to a variety of dishes and is popular in Italian cuisine!

A look at the finished homemade basil pesto on a cracker ready to be enjoyed.

What kinds of dishes use pesto?

A lot of Italian pasta dishes call for pesto. Don't worry, pasta is not the only thing you can cook to enjoy this amazing homemade basil pesto.

Try adding some pesto to things like mashed potatoes, rice, risotto, or even mashed cauliflower! It adds a great flavor and pizazz!

You can also use pesto in chicken, tuna, and pasta salad recipes. Try this Chicken pesto pasta salad!

I also love to use pesto in things like rice, try my Italian Pesto Rice or these turkey pesto rollups!

Another pin showing the title in the middle and the basil pesto being made in the background.

Here's what you'll need to make your own basil pesto:

Pesto is a really easy sauce to put together. It's got very simple, fresh, ingredients but they come together to create something truly magical.

For this homemade basil pesto we will be using the classic ingredients for pesto: basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

You can find the full amounts and nutritional info in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post!

You might want to grab enough for a double batch of this tasty sauce. You'll want to have some on hand after you try it!

Here we see the basil pesto being made in the food processor.

How to make homemade basil pesto:

To make this easy homemade pesto you'll just have to dig out the food processor or high powered blender to make a smooth mixture. I like to use the food processor but you could easily use a high speed blender!

To start out we'll add the basil leaves, pine nuts, grated parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper to a food processor.

Turn the food processor or blender on and process until the mixture is finely minced. 

With the processor running on a low speed, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the bowl and process until the mixture is smooth. 

Another look at the homemade basil pesto being made in the food processor.

How to store homemade pesto:

If you make a batch of this pesto you'll want to store it in the refrigerator or freezer. Freezing it is a great option if you want to portion it out for sauces and pasta dishes!

A great option is to freeze it in ice cube trays and then pop them out into a freezer bag or container. These portion sized cubes are perfect for cooking with your meat or pasta!

A jar full of the basil pesto ready to be enjoyed.

Printable Recipe for Homemade Basil Pesto

Yield: Approx. 2 Cups

Easy Homemade Basil Pesto

Featured image showing the finished basil pesto recipe ready to serve.

Did you know that you can make a homemade basil pesto in just a few minutes? This easy homemade basil pesto recipe is so fresh and delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 c fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • ⅓ c grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • Freshly ground salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ⅓ c olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add the basil leaves, pine nuts, grated parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper to a food processor. Process until finely minced. 
  2. With the processor running slowly, drizzle the olive oil into the processor, and process until the mixture is smooth. 
  3. Store in the refrigerator or freezer. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
A bowl of the finished pasta salad ready to eat.
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