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Fast easy Basic Basil Pesto Recipe

Basic Basil Pesto Recipe

This easy fast basil pesto recipe is ready in 5 minutes!

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil pesto recipe, pesto recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Makes aproximately 1 cup basil pesto
Calories 349 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 cups fresh Basil leaves
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil


  1. Add the basil, garlic, pine nuts, cheese and salt to a food processor bowl (or a blender) and pulse into a coarse meal. 

  2. While the food processor is running, pour in the olive oil allowing the pesto to become smooth.

  3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for 4-5 days in the refridgerator.

  4. To Freeze the pesto: seal in an airtight container or Foodsaver bag and freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts
Basic Basil Pesto Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 492mg21%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 730IU15%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 172mg17%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.