Fresh Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipes

Easy recipe for fresh pesto. Great on pasta, pizza, chicken, sandwiches, and more!

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  • 2 1/2 – 3 cup basil leaves, gently packed
  • 3/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted if desired
  • 1/2-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • optional but suggested: squeeze of fresh lemon juice (couple teaspoons) plus a little of the grated zest.
  • kosher salt
  • a few cracks pepper


  1. Place everything but olive oil in a food processor. (For the salt, start with 1/4 t and add the rest at the end. The final amount really depends on the saltiness of your cheese, so give it a taste first.) Give it a few pulses until things are chopped up. With processor running, slowing drizzle in oil until desired consistency is reached. Adjust any of the ingredients to taste, this is a great starting point!

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