Learn how to make pesto with this classic basil pesto recipe. With just 5 main ingredients and 5 minutes of your time, it really couldn't be any easier. It's delicious on seafood, chicken pasta, salad, sandwiches, pizza, eggs, you name it!
What is Pesto?
Pesto is a bright, herbaceous sauce that originated in Italy. Traditionally it is made with fresh basil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and olive oil. However, it can be made with a variety of fresh herbs, nuts, and cheeses, making it a very adaptable recipe. It can be made with a pestle and mortar, food processor, or blender.vIt's one of those sauces that tastes great on a wide variety of dishes.
Ingredients in the Best Pesto Recipe
How to make a Classic Basil Pesto Recipe
Step By Step Instructions
STEP 1: Add the basil, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and salt to a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed. With the machine running, slowly pour in the olive oil.
How to Use Pesto
- Add some to this Homemade Roasted Garlic Mayo for a delicious pesto mayo recipe.
- Make this Avocado Pesto Pasta
- Drizzle some over top of this Naan Breakfast Pizza
- Use it as a dip for these Crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges
- Make some of this Pesto Deviled Eggs
Recipe Tips and Pesto Variations
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Pesto is a great source of healthy fats.
If a recipe calls for a cup of basil, you loosely pack the fresh basil leaves into the measuring cup.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Yes, you can. I recommend freezing leftover pesto in an ice cub tray so that you have ready made sauce bombs whenever you need them.
Heat the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown.
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