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How to Make Homemade Pesto Sauce

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If you’ve been around my blog for a while you know I love pesto sauce.  Over the years I’ve shared various recipes using pesto, but I realized I’ve never shared a recipe for pesto… crazy right?  So today I’m sharing a super easy Homemade Pesto Sauce recipe. Pesto sauce is so versatile and it freezes well too!

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Homemade Pesto Sauce

I am a huge fan of basil, garlic, and cheese… some of the main components in pesto… so it’s no wonder I love pesto.

 

It’s easy to put together in your food processor.

You can freeze it… bonus… you’ll just want to add a little extra olive oil to it.  I like to freeze in 1/2 cup sizes.

This recipe makes about 1 cup.

How to Make Pesto

Basil in food processor | Homemade Pesto Sauce

Add your beautiful, washed basil leaves to your food processor.

Basil, pine nuts and minced garlic | Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipe

Add the pine nuts and minced garlic on top of the basil.  Pulse about 10 times.

Pulsing the Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Place the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste to your food processor.

Adding parmesan cheese and seasonings to Pesto Sauce

Add about 1/2 of the olive oil and pulse about 10 times.

Adding olive oil to Pesto Sauce

Add the remaining olive oil and let the food processor go for about 10 seconds or until you reach your desired smoothness.

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce all blended

In just minutes you’ll have delicious, fresh pesto sauce… perfect for so many recipes!

Basil Pesto Sauce

Homemade Pesto Sauce

Learn how to make your own pesto sauce!  It's so much better fresh!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 mins
Total Time:10 mins

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basil leaves you could also do 1/2 c. basil and 1/2 c. spinach
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cup olive oil

Instructions

  • Add your washed basil leaves to the food processor.
  • Add the garlic (minced) and pine nuts to the basil leaves.
  • Pulse 10 times.
  • Add the grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
  • Add about half of the olive oil.
  • Pulse about 10 times.
  • Add the remaining olive oil and let the food processor go for about 10 seconds or until you reach your desired consistency.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, pesto, pine nuts
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
Cost: $6

I hope you get a chance to make your own pesto sauce sometime.  It really is super easy and so delicious when it’s freshly made.

Easy to make Pesto Sauce


Recipes with Pesto to Try:

Pesto Monkey Bread

Pesto Monkey Bread

Pesto Lasagna Rollup

Pesto Chicken Roll-ups

Pesto Three Cheese Tortellini with Chicken

Creamy Pesto Three Cheese Tortellini with Chicken

Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce | Easy to make | Quick for so many dinner recipes

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