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Fresh Homemade Pesto Recipe

  • Author: Scott MacDonald
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1-2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Italian


A fresh homemade pesto sauce made with basil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, oil, and spices. Perfect for pizza, pasta, and sandwhiches.


  • 3 cups basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts (or walnuts)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (about 3 garlic gloves)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put basil leaves into a food processor. Add pine nuts, garlic and oregano. Pulse until mixture is incorporated, about 7, 3-4 seconds bursts.
  2. With a spatula, slide any pesto that has creeped up the food processor bowl back towards the bottom. Add parmesan and pulse again until parmesan is mixd in.
  3. Carefully, while food processor is on, slowly pour the olive oil into pesto mixture. With a spatula, scrape pesto mix that has gone up the sides back down again, and pulse as needed to desired consistency. Pesto should have some solids and not too soupy or fine.


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 97
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 44mg
  • Fat: 10.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg

Keywords: basil pesto, homemade pesto


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