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A small mason jar holds fresh, basil pesto sauce that can be used on chicken or pasta dishes.
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Basil Pesto Recipe

A Homemade Basil Pesto that is bursting with fresh basil flavor and full of pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and crushed garlic cloves.  This easy pesto recipe can be served as a pasta sauce, on top of baked chicken, or even as a creamy salad dressing.

Course Dinner, lunch, sauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 123 kcal


  • 2 cups basil stems removed
  • cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil


  1. Place basil leaves, pine nuts and garlic in a large food processor. Pulse 20-30 times or until basil is finely chopped.

  2. Turn the food processor on and slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Pulse until just combined and your desired consistency is reached.
  4. Serve pesto immediately or store covered with a piece of plastic wrap in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe makes ~3/4 cup of pesto.
  • 1 serving is 1 tablespoon of pesto.
  • Parmiggiano-Regino and Pecorino can be used interchangeably.
  • Walnuts, pecans, or almonds can be substituted if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Basil Pesto Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 107mg5%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 244IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.