Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

A great, standard pesto recipe

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place basil leaves and garlic in food processor or blender and process until leaves are finely chopped.
  2. Add nuts and process until nuts are finely chopped.
  3. Add cheese and process until combined.
  4. With the machine running, add olive oil in a slow, steady stream.
  5. After the oil is incorporated, turn off the machine and add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. If not using immediately, store in an air-tight container with a thin coating of olive oil on top to keep the sauce from turning dark.
  7. Pesto will keep well in the refrigerator for a week or more.
  8. This recipe yields approximately 3-1/2 to 4 cups, and can be halved.


Most Helpful

Pretty good! I found using some grated pecorino cheese and a little lime or lemon juice adds a bit more bite to the recipe. It needed about a half teaspoon of salt as well.

ralmand September 28, 2009

I doubled the recipe since I had tons of basil. Gave it to my friends..They are now placing orders for next year...Thanks for the great recipe.

SunshineChef September 24, 2006

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