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a white bowl of basil pesto
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5 from 6 votes

Pesto Sauce Recipe

A traditional pesto sauce recipe with a bright basil taste. Perfect for pasta, chicken, fish or vegetables. Just 5-ingredients and ready in 5 minutes
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: condiments, sauces, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 83kcal


  • Small Food Processor


Pesto Sauce

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves Stems removed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts lightly toasted
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese shredded or grated
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch salt and pepper optional but recommended


  • Clean basil and remove the stems.
  • Add basil leaves to a small food processor and roughly chop by pulsing.
  • Add garlic cloves, Parmesan and pine nuts to the chopped basil in the food processor and pulse until very finely minced.
  • With your machine running slowly drizzle in the olive oil and continue to process until the mixture is smooth. If you prefer your pesto with some texture just pulse rather than process.
  • Taste and add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Store pesto in an airtight jar in the refrigerator, or in small portions in the freezer.


Serving: 0.5ounce | Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg