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with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese

Classic Basil Pesto

Classic basil pesto recipe with fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Everything you need for this basil pesto recipe are easy to find local market ingredients.

Basil Pesto is most delicious basil based sauce which can be enjoyed with many main dishes. Be it baked or roasted potatoes to basil pesto pizza, options are endless.

This pesto recipe is easy with simple step-by-step easy to follow instructions. Making basil pesto at home is very economical. If using farm fresh basil and garlic, homemade basil pesto is half the price spent to buy it from store.

Above all, homemade basil pesto will be fresh and healthy without any preservatives.

Notes: For best results, make basil pesto 10-20 minutes before serving. This time allows flavors to marry well and olive oil absorbs good sharp basil taste.

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Classic Basil Pesto

Classic Basil Pesto
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 1/2 Cup Basil Pesto Serves 4 Notes Good to cook pasta for serving 4.


  • 1 Cup Basil  (Fresh Basil Leaves)
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese  (Grated)
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts  
  • Salt and Black Pepper  
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil  
  • 2 Garlic  (cloves)


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  • Step for Recipe - Classic Basil Pesto
    1. Grate the parmesan cheese if not already grated.
    Step for Recipe - Classic Basil Pesto
    2. Pulse all ingredients together except olive oil and parmesan cheese. Slowly add olive oil while pulsing the ingredients.
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    3. Add parmesan cheese and pulse again.
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    4. Serve it with baked rustic potatoes or use it in pasta of your choice.
Savita's Notes:
After making the pesto let it sit for 10-15 minutes to marry the flavors.

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6 comment(s)

  1. Take my words, this is best basil pesto ever. love it
  2. Very good. I used Pecans rather than pine nuts just for personal preference. Pesto came out great. Loving it.
  3. this looks delish.
  4. I lve basil and any preparation made with basil. Thanks for basil pesto recipe
  5. i love pesto on pizza. i will try it at home with this recipe.
  6. that was easy. basil pesto looks delicious. Have to try this one.