Easy Basil Pesto

Use this classic easy basil pesto recipe in appetizers, toppings and many of our recipes incorporating pesto.

A perfect way to use up your summer garden basil.

Basil Pesto. Classic recipe with basil, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic and olive oil.

Process garlic, basil, oil, walnuts or pine nuts, Parmesan cheese in a processor and voila. Pesto in 5 minutes. Check out a few of our recipes below that use pesto. One of our most popular recipes is Pesto and Vegetable Orzo.

Make Ahead

  • Pesto lasts 5-7 days in the fridge.
  • I freeze it in ziploc bags in 1/4 cup portions to use whenever I need pesto. Lasts 3-4 months in the freezer.

Shortcuts

  • Use minced or crushed garlic in a jar or tube
  • Buy shredded or ground fresh Parmesan cheese

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Basil Pesto. Classic recipe with basil, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic and olive oil.
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Easy Basil Pesto

Process garlic, basil, oil, walnuts or pine nuts and Parmesan cheese in a processor and voila. Classic basil pesto in 5 minutes. A perfect way to use up that summer garden basil. (makes 1/2 cup)
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: sauces and spreads
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 tablespoons
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup pinenuts or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 small cloves (or teaspoons) garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  • MAKE THE PESTO: Grind pine nuts (or walnuts) and garlic in a food processor for a minute. Add basil leaves and process for another minute. Slowly add in oil from the feeder tube until combined. Add Parmesan cheese and process a few more seconds. Freezes well.

Notes

Make ahead:
  • Pesto lasts 5-7 days in the fridge.
  • I freeze it in ziploc bags in 1/4 cup portions to use whenever I need pesto. Lasts 3-4 months in the freezer.
 
Nutrition values are estimates using walnuts. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 110mg5%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 371IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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