Basil Pesto Recipe & Video

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This basil pesto recipe is fast and easy. Serve it as a dip or with fish, meats, or vegetables. One of the most delicious fresh sauces. Learn how to make it step by step and with a video.

basil pesto in a white bowl

If there is one thing, other than pizza, that I can give my kids over and over again, it is basil pesto. They love it and my husband and I love it, too.

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What is Pesto Made of?

If you’re new to pesto, you need to know that it is a delicious sauce made with fresh herbs, some kind of nuts, garlic, olive oil and cheese.

There are many variations, but our all-time favorite is made with basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.

Basil leaves

We serve it on pasta, on meat, on fish, as a dip and, yes, even on pizza, too. Just please make sure you choose the freshest ingredients for a truly flavorful sauce.

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It’s one of our favorite pizza sauce, instead of using tomato sauce. Just added to your pizza after baking to keep its vibrant green color.

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Here is our recipe

Basil Pesto Recipe

Makes approx  1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of fresh basil, washed and dried
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

In a food processor combine basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan and Romano cheeses, and olive oil.

Pine nuts, garlic, and cheese in a food processor

Mix until well blended. Taste for salt (depending on the cheeses you are using it may need it or not) and pepper. Mix again.

If you notice the pesto is very thick add a little bit more oil.

That’s it, ready to serve.

Pesto on a wooden spoon

Basil pesto sauce
5 from 15 votes

Basil Pesto Recipe

Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time12 mins
Servings: 12 (2 tablespoons each)
Calories: 136kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of fresh basil washed and dried
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a food processor combine basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan and Romano cheeses, and olive oil. Mix until well blended. Taste for salt (depending on the cheeses you are using it may need it or not) and pepper. Mix again.
  • If you notice the pesto is very thick add a little bit more oil.
  • That’s it, ready to serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Basil Pesto Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 352IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salsas & Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: how to make pesto, recipes with basil
Author: Silvia
Pesto in a glass bowl

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Blanca

I haven’t tried making pesto at home, but this year I planted some basil so there is no excuse. Thanks for sharing your recipe and tips.

Noemi

Omg!! Basil Pesto is My favorite sauce. I will do it 😍🥰 thanks for the recipe

Veronica

I love pesto! And they ideal pasta to have it is the one on your picture because the sauce gets into all their rounds! Mmmm. Que rico!

Sandra Brito

Love basil pesto and the texture yours has is amazing ❤️❤️

Enriqueta E Lemoine

I made your basil pesto one more time! Delicious!

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