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Easy Basil Pesto


Five simple ingredients blend together in this classic sauce that brings pasta to life. You will love how quickly this comes together.


1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

3/4 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups basil leaves

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp. salt

Freshly ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350F

2. Place pine nuts on flat baking sheet and spread out. Toast in 350F oven for 5 minutes. 

3. In a food processor, add Parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts. Pulse for 1 minute. 

4. Add basil and pulse, scraping the sides a few times. The basil will be finely chopped. 

5. While the food processor is running, slowly add in the olive oil. Continue processing until the mixture is well blended. (There will still be fine pieces of basil)



Since pine nuts are notoriously expensive (but delicious!), you can substitute walnuts in this recipe. 

You can also change up the greens that you use in place of the basil such as spinach, cilantro or mint and use it as a sauce. Or half basil, half spinach for a milder pesto. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1 dinner
  • Calories: 217
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 200.8 mg
  • Fat: 23.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.4 mg

Keywords: Basil