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Easy homemade pesto

Today, you will learn how to make the perfect food processor pesto recipe at home. This tastes incredible on bread, pasta, or even pizzas!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, basil pesto, easy pesto recipe, homemade pesto, olive oil, pine nuts
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 1122kcal



  • In a food processor, pulse the basil, parmesan, toasted pine nuts, garlic and salt until finely chopped.
  • While the processor is still running, slowly drizzle the olive oil to allow it to emulsify with the rest of the ingredients. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the food processor from time to time. Continue pulsating until the mixture is well combined. Taste the pesto and add salt to taste.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


This pesto recipe will last in an airtight container the fridge for up to 5 days. 
It can also be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. 


Calories: 1122kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 115g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 869mg | Potassium: 379mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2223IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 496mg | Iron: 4mg