Basil Pesto Recipe

Our basil pesto is a summer favorite around here and it's the perfect way to make any dish taste incredible. 
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil pesto, basil pesto recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Author: Rachel Quenzer

Ingredients

Basil Pesto Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

Basil Pesto Instructions

  • Chop garlic to make it a little easier to process. Then add it to the blender. 
  • Add your basil to you blender or food processor. You can add the stems and all if you like. 
  • Add pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper, parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Blend. 
  • Once blended, use a spoon to scrape the side of the blender or food processor. Make sure to push everything down and then blend again until well combined. It should have a thick consistency but be well blended together. 
  • Serve with bread, on pasta, as part of bruschetta, over zucchini noodles and  in so many more ways!