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3.75 from 12 votes

Easy Pesto

This easy pesto recipe is the perfect way enjoy fresh basil. It's so quick to whip up (with just 6 ingredients) and tastes so much better than store-bought pesto.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pesto
Servings: 8


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano parmesan works too
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt more to taste
  • pinch of ground black pepper more to taste


  • Add basil, garlic, and pine nuts and grated parmesan into a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Storage: Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g