This classic, homemade basil pesto recipe is made with only 5 ingredients. This is a perfect recipe to replace your store-bought pesto.
I have to say nothing beats the power-packed flavor of fresh pesto! You guys will agree with me on this one. Who doesn’t love the smell of this herb and all the flavor it brings to dishes? And who doesn’t enjoy a delicious pesto basil bruschetta with diced tomatoes on top? Or a tasty chicken pesto basil lasagna? Mmm.. Yummy!! We all have lots of reasons to love pesto. So, today I brought to you a homemade basil pesto recipe that you will be able to use in so many dishes and also it will be a lifesaver for those busy weeknights. There are many super easy and fast recipes to make with pesto. For example, I love to cook whole wheat pasta and simply add some basil pesto. Done! Dinner is ready in last than 20 mins.
This homemade basil pesto recipe is very easy to make and you only need 5 ingredients. It is definitely a good alternative for a store-bought product. This tastes beyond better than any processed pesto you can buy. Why? Because it is so fresh and full of fragrance. Another thing I really like about this recipe is that you can control exactly how runny or thick you want your pesto to be. What you need to do is just to add olive oil until you get the desired consistency.
So, I hope you give this homemade basil pesto recipe a try and let me know how was it. Enjoy!
How to Make Homemade Basil Pesto
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- salt and fresh ground black pepper
- Combine basil, pine nuts, garlic, and parmesan cheese in food processor.
- Pulse the ingredients until combined.
- Slowly pour in olive oil while running food processor.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving (1/20) — Calories: 61, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 66mg, Potassium: 9mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 350%, Calcium: 220%
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