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Easy Basil Pesto

This Easy Basil Pesto is the only recipe you'll ever need. It's easy to throw together requires minimal ingredients, and is good on just about anything. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil pesto, classic basil pesto,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 72kcal
Author Nicole
Cost $15


  • Food processor


  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 3 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add pine nuts to a small skillet. Turn the heat on medium and while WATCHING CAREFULLY, toast pine nuts until they smell nutty and fragrant. Cool completely. 
  • Add pine nuts, basil, garlic, lemon juice and parmesan cheese to a food processor. Blend until almost pureed. While pulsing, slowly drizzle olive oil in until combine. Pulse a few more times. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  • To store: Place in an airtight container or mason jar. Drizzle with olive oil. 


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg