Fresh Basil Pesto

This is a quick and easy recipe for fresh basil pesto with pine nuts and lots of garlic flavor. It’s been a while since I’ve made basil pesto, so I looked up a few recipes. Most are pretty much the same. The recipe doesn’t depend on exact ingredient amounts, so much as the quality of the ingredients you use in the recipe. I followed Simply Recipe’s recipe to make this one. You can also substitute walnuts for the pine nuts. It was delicious, and made an excellent vegetable pasta perfect for summer. Thanks to OhNuts! for sending me these fabulous pine nuts.

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Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

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2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
kosher salt and pepper to taste


Combine fresh basil, garlic, and pine nuts in food processor. Pulse until fine.

Slowly stream in the olive oil, while the food processor is on. Then scrap down the sides of the food processor bowl and add cheese. Pulse until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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  22 Responses to “Fresh Basil Pesto”

  1. Maria — August 13, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    I love pesto! I need to make a big batch!

  2. Monet — August 13, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    I love pesto too…especially with home made pasta. I think that basil and pine nuts are certainly gifts from God! I hope you have a wonderful, restful weekend.

  3. Brooke — August 13, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    YUM! Pesto is an eternal favorite at my house!

  4. MaryMoh — August 13, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    I have not tried pesto. This looks simple to make and delicious with anything. I would love to try. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Mary

  5. Uno Chicago Grill — August 13, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    Ever wanted to make your own pesto? Now's your chance! Try this #recipe for Fresh Basil Pesto from @EclecticRecipes

  6. Jessica Smith — August 13, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    RT @UNOchicagoGRILL: Ever wanted to make your own pesto? Now's your chance! Try this #recipe for Fresh Basil Pesto from @EclecticRecipes

  7. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 13, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

    I do love pesto! You should try it sometime with pecans for a bit of southern twist 🙂

  8. Belinda @zomppa — August 13, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    This is so delicious looking!

  9. Cookin' Canuck — August 13, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

    We can’t get enough of pesto during the summer and are always happy when we have leftovers to freeze for the winter.

  10. Angie's Recipes — August 14, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    This looks so nice. I love the recipe.

  11. Drick — August 14, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    great looking and I am like Lana, it is good with pecans too

  12. Steve — August 15, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    I grow all sorts of basil in my garden just to make pesto and freeze it for the winter months. I like to add my oil after the food processor and just stir it in as I like a chunkier pesto. But that’s just me.

  13. Belinda @zomppa — August 15, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

    Always good to have some on hand.

  14. RavieNomNoms — August 16, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    I really like the recipe! Looks great!

  15. Alison — August 16, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    I’ve never seen pesto look so good!

  16. Jennifer Cote — August 21, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    Just a suggestion from The New Deli… (We’ve probably made thousands of batches of pesto in our 25 years at our cafe): Try processing the basil leaves and olive oil first. In my experience, the acids in the other ingredients seem to affect the pesto adversely (making it turn brown faster). We even add a bit of spinach for more green! But we always process the basil (and spinach) with the olive oil first, then add garlic (and process again), before finally processing with the pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. The pesto seems to stay green longer (always an appetizing plus). I hope this helps!

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  19. Chocolate — August 19, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    Nice idea to combine basil pesto with pine nuts. Its healthy delicious and smells a lot of garlic..

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