Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

I like my pesto pretty garlicky, so this is how I make mine. I normally weigh my basil after I've stemmed it, so this recipe is per oz of pesto. This amount will sauce about 1/4 pound of pasta, and you can just scale it up based on how much basil you have.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the garlic, pine nuts, and salt in the work bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process to a smooth paste.
  3. Add the basil, one handful at a time, processing to a paste after each addition.
  4. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil in a thin stream, and process until smooth.
  5. Stir in the cheese.
  6. To sauce pasta:.
  7. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water when you drain the pasta. Toss the pasta with the pesto, and use the reserved water to thin to the desired consistency.