5 from 4 votes
Homemade Basil Pesto
Homemade Basil Pesto
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Pesto made with fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.

Course: Condiment, Freezer Friendly, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil pesto, pesto
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 141 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Place garlic cloves in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds until garlic is chopped. 

  2. Add basil. Turn processor on. With motor running drizzle olive oil through feed tube. 

  3. Scrape down sides.  Add pine nuts, cheese, salt and pepper. Run processor until ingredients are well combined.

  4. If mixture is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of olive oil.

  5. Use pesto right away or cover and refrigerate.

  6. Pesto can also be frozen. 

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 139mg6%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 545IU11%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.