Basil Pesto

This is a classic pesto and is at its best when made with fresh, quality ingredients. Ideal for pastas, sandwiches, meats and more.

Makes .75 serving


  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, quartered
  • ¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a food processor combine basil leaves, garlic, nuts and ¼ cup olive oil. Cover and process with several on-off turns until coarsely chopped, stopping and scraping sides as necessary. Add remaining olive oil and the cheese; process until nearly smooth. Season to taste with sea salt and ground black pepper.

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