homemade basil pesto
Homemade Basil Pesto
Total Time
15 mins

This is a great recipe to use in the summer when basil is abundant! Jazz up your food with this fun topping!

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Holly
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/2 lemon juiced {1 tablespoon}
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  1. Place the garlic, toasted nuts, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth.

  2. Add basil and pulse a few times.

  3. With the machine running, gradually stream in the olive oil and lemon juice.

  4. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Favorite ways to use pesto:

♦ Mix into mashed potatoes

♦ Toss with pasta and fresh tomatoes and add sautéed zucchini and/or Italian sausage

♦ Put a dollop on grilled fish or chicken and serve over mixed greens

♦ Mix in with white rice for an herbalicious taste

♦ Serve on grilled bread as an appetizer {don't forget the wine!}

♦ Add to an omelette or avocado toast

♦ Put a spoonful on top a baked potato