Classic Basil Pesto Recipe

by Ashima Goyal Siraj last updated -

Basil pesto is a great pantry staple. You can toss it in pasta, use it as a spread on sandwiches or bruschetta, or use it as a dip with crackers. This is the recipe for a simple basil pesto sauce. Make it fresh and store it for months. An important thing to consider is that pesto easily takes on the taste of the ingredients used, so you can easily adjust the ingredients as per your taste.

Basil pesto sauce in a bowl next to other ingredients

Classic Basil Pesto Recipe

Now make this low-cost pesto sauce at home!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil pesto
Appliance: Blender, Refrigerator
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • 2 cups basil leaves (fresh)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 4-5 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)


  • In a food processor, mix basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, and cheese.
  • Blend the ingredients well. You will need to scrape down the sides in between a few times.
    A close-up shot of spoon in a food processor filled with pesto
  • With the processor on low, slowly pour in the olive oil until you get a smooth consistency.
    Pouring oil from a bottle in a bowl
  • Then add some salt and pepper as per taste and mix it well.
  • Adjust seasoning and store it in air-tight jars. Use it as a dip to go well with your chips, or as a base for your pasta and you're sorted!


If stored in an air-tight jar, it will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks and in the freezer for 3-4 months.

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Ashima believes food is nourishment for body, mind, and soul. That eating well doesn’t require fancy cooking, but mindfulness and practice. She shares simple vegan and vegetarian recipes infused with lots of love on her food blog – My Weekend Kitchen. With every recipe she publishes, she sends out a little hope that it will inspire someone to cook more often at home.Insta/Facebook

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