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How to Make Basil Pesto -a simple recipe that everyone should have! It's so quick and easy to make and tastes so much better than the store bought!
How to Make Basil Pesto
Prep Time
10 mins

How to Make Basil Pesto -a great guide showing you how to make a basic basil pesto recipe along with some substitutions and how to store homemade basil pesto.

Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil pesto how to, homemade basil pesto, how to make basil pesto
Calories: 1321 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4-1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup raw or toasted pine nuts
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. Taste and add salt as needed. 

  2. To Store: Cover with a thin layer of olive oil or press a piece of plastic wrap on the surface and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    To Freeze: Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze for 2 hours or until solid. Remove from tray and store in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. (this may discolor and leave behind a pesto flavor in your ice cube tray so may want separate trays.) Or line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and spread pesto in a thin layer. Freeze until solid then break into chunks and store in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

  3. Uses: Stir into cooked pasta, risotto, or cooked tortellini.

    Try it on a pizza

    Spread on crostini topped with chopped tomatoes and goat cheese

    Mix with mayo and use as a spread on a sandwich

    Use as a dip for crackers or crusty bread

    Serve over grilled chicken

    Added to alfredo sauce

    Use in an omelet

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1321 Calories from Fat 1242
% Daily Value*
Fat 138g212%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 389mg17%
Potassium 413mg12%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 4015IU80%
Vitamin C 26.4mg32%
Calcium 416mg42%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.