Basil Pesto Recipe & Video

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This basil pesto recipe is fast and easy. 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.

If you’re new to basil pesto, it is a delicious sauce made with herbs, nuts, garlic, olive oil and cheese. There are many variations, but our all-time favorite is made with basil.

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We use 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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Here is our recipe

Basil Pesto Recipe

Makes approx  1  1/2 cups

  • 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

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

Basil pesto ingredients in a fod 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.

Basil pesto sauce
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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
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Kate

I could easily drench everything in pesto and be a happy woman. This looks amazing!

Ael

Pesto is like the magic sauce that brings everything to life. This recipe is great.

Tiffany Bendayan

Thanks for this recipe.

I am a huge pesto lover! I add it to poultry, pastas, and even as the liquid component in bread.

Enriqueta E Lemoine

Pesto is an old time favorite in my household too!

Mayito Castillo

Se ve tan delicioso que no, me quedare con las ganas de hacerlo. Gracias por tus deliciosas recetas. Saludos! 🙂

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