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Servings: 8 servings

Best Homemade Basil Pesto

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
This easy homemade basil pesto sauce is the perfect from scratch recipe! Homemade pesto is so easy to make and adds so much flavor to so many meals.


  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves — fresh
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt — to taste
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup olive oil


  1. Place pine nuts in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Stir often, cooking for just a few minutes, until they start to brown. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Place basil, pine nuts, garlic, and parmesan in a the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse until a paste forms. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and pulse to combine.
  3. While running the machine, pour in olive oil, starting with 1/2 cup. Once the pesto emulsifies it will become a thick sauce. If you want thinner pest, add another 1/4 cup olive oil.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Simple Kitchen by Donna & Chad Elick
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pesto

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 serving) — Calories: 55, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 100mg, Potassium: 48mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 365%, Vitamin C: 1.3%, Calcium: 86%, Iron: 0.5%