The Best Recipe for Pesto with Basil

recipe for pesto with basil

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Fresh, nutritious ingredients come together so fast for the best recipe for pesto with basil! 



2 cups fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup shredded parmesan or Romano cheese

3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh squeeze lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Add the basil and nuts to a food processor and pulse several times.
  2. Add garlic and cheese and pulse a couple more times.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the processor.
  4. While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the olive oil and lemon juice.  You may need to pause to scrape down the sides again.
  5. Continue to process until you reach the desired consistency.
  6. Add salt and pepper, or more to taste.
  7. Serve in a beautiful bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of cheese.


If you do not have a food processor, you can make this in a high powered blender.  Just add all the ingredients at once and blend.

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