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Basil Pesto. Classic recipe with basil, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic and olive oil.
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5 from 3 votes

Classic Basil Pesto Recipe

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
Author: Cheryl


  • 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


  • 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.