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Homemade basil peso in a food processor.

Homemade Basil Pesto

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: Approximately 1-1/3 cups 1x


  • 31/2 cups packed fresh basil leaves (rinsed and dried)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (more or less, to taste)


  1. Place basil leaves and pine nuts in a food processor. Pulse until combined well.
  2. Add olive oil, a little at a time, pulsing in-between.
  3. Add Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse until mixture is a smooth.  Season with additional salt and pepper (if desired) and stir well to combine.
  4. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: basil pesto, homemade basil pesto, pesto sauce