My Favorite Pesto Recipe

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by E.A.4957

This is the best pesto recipe I've found yet. It's the perfect ratio of basil, pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan/Romano cheese.

Top Review by Cheffette Teresa

Served this over pasta and shrimp and it was excellent! I too toasted the pine nuts for added flavor. Great pesto!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine 2 cups basil leaves, garlic and 1/3 of the pine nuts in a blender or food processor and puree to desired smoothness.
  2. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and the Romano cheese and blend briefly.
  3. Pour in 1/2 cup olive oil and mix well.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Cook pasta in 4 quarts of water until very al dente.
  6. Drain and toss in a large bowl with the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  7. Cool to room temperature, occasionally stiring the pasta to coat thoroughly.
  8. Mix reserved pesto with pasta.
  9. Garnish with the remaining nuts and fresh basil leaves and put the additional cheese in a serving bowl to put on top of pasta if desired.
  10. Serve at room temperature.

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