Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

A nice and light pesto sauce that goes perfectly with penne pasta.


  1. In a blender, pulse the basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper until finely chopped.
  2. With the blender still running, gradually add enough oil to form a smooth and thick consistency.
  3. Transfer the pesto to a medium bowl and stir in cheese. Season the pesto with more salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. The pesto can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
Most Helpful

Perfection! This recipe can be made smooth or "chunky."

threeovens July 24, 2009

Delightful, quick, and had everything on hand. How much easier could it get? I used my Magic Bullet, after mixing together garlic, pine nuts, s&p, Parmesan cheese, oil. I blended this together, and added the basil in the end. Perfect! Thanks so much, nickfo! Will use again!

Andi of Longmeadow Farm July 13, 2007