Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

This Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe is so EASY!! It's perfect with pasta, shrimp and chicken!

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe is filled with fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese, which is perfect for pastas, dips and sauces.

This Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe is so EASY!! It's perfect with pasta, shrimp and chicken!pinterestFresh Basil Pesto Recipe is one of my favorite ways to spruce up pasta, pizza or use as a dip in appetizers!

Basil is one of my favorite herbs in the summer time. I have a plant by my kitchen sink and whenever I run my hand across it, it gives off that wonderful aroma of fresh basil.

This is the EASIEST Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe! Just combine the ingredients in a food processor and watch the magic happen!

Fresh Basil Pesto is made with pine nuts, which can be a little on the expensive side. So if you’re looking to save some money, try using these nuts instead:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios

We have several hundred pine trees on our mountain property that drops LOADS of pine nuts, so last fall we went and picked several pounds of fresh pine nuts up! They’re so good!

This Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe is so EASY!! It's perfect with pasta, shrimp and chicken!

Once you’ve pulsed the basil, garlic and pine nuts you’ll add some fresh parmesan and drizzle in some extra virgin olive oil until you reach your desired consistency.

My whole family loved this super easy Fresh Basil Pesto recipe!

Here are some fun ways that you can use this Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe:

Either way you use this fresh and vibrant sauce, you’re going to love it.

This Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe is so EASY!! It's perfect with pasta, shrimp and chicken!

There’s a big difference in the taste and texture of fresh basil pesto compared to the canned stuff. You’ll notice it immediately when you make it for yourself.

In fact, once you make this recipe, you’ll never want to go back to the store-bought version again!

This Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe is so EASY!! It's perfect with pasta, shrimp and chicken!

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Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe is filled with fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese, which is perfect for pastas, dips and sauces.
Prep Time7 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 251 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • In a food processor pulse garlic, pine nuts and basil till mostly minced. Add in the cheese and salt, pulse several times, then scrape down sides of bowl.
  • With the food processor running, gradually stream in the oil through the top chute, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  • Use right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.7g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 26.3g | Cholesterol: 4.8mg | Sodium: 217.4mg | Sugar: 4.1g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 4mg
Keywords: basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese, pesto, pine nuts
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this recipe was originally published on 8/11/2010. Updated pictures on 6/27/2017.

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.


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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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