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Basil Pesto

Fresh basil pesto made in minutes!

Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword classic recipe, easy dinner recipe, easy pasta recipe
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves packed
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves peeled (this is how I peel mine!)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ΒΌ cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese skip if you live dairy free


  1. Pulse garlic in food processor.
  2. Add basil leaves, pine nuts and parmesan.
  3. Puree in processor, slowly adding olive oil till desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Add a generous pinch of sea salt and a few turns of fresh pepper, scrape down sides of processor and process again adding more olive oil if necessary.
  5. To save extra pesto, just place in a small dish, drizzle with olive oil to prevent oxidation and cover with lid or plastic. Keep in fridge for up to 5 days. This makes enough pesto for 16oz of any pasta you choose.