An easy recipe for Basil Pesto, delicious in so many recipes or just toss with hot pasta!

Basil Pesto

This is my favorite recipe for Basil Pesto that I have used for years! It is great as a marinade, tossed with pasta or as a bread for dipping. I also have this on hands to spread on sandwiches and wraps too. Basil Pesto is a staple in my refrigerator and can be used in so many recipes. You can even freeze it too so you always have delicious Basil Pesto on hand.

Basil Pesto


Basil Pesto

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add basil, garlic, Parmesan, nuts in a food processor. With the machine running, slowly stream in olive oil. Continue to blend until blended. Season with salt and pepper.


If tossing with hot pasta thin pesto with a few tablespoons of pasta water.

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us — we can’t wait to see what you’ve made!