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Classic Pesto

Sarah Baade
Classic pesto is easy to make and a fantastic way to use up fresh basil.
Course Condiments, Sauces
Cuisine Italian


  • Food Processor


  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups fresh basil, packed
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Place pine nuts in a dry sauté pan and cook over medium low heat. Stir frequently until pine nuts are lightly browned. Once toasted, immediately remove pine nuts from heat and place on a separate plate to cool. ***Watch pine nuts closely during this process as they can quickly pass from lightly toasted to burned.
  • Place cooled pine nuts, basil, parmesan cheese, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.
  • Add olive oil, lemon juice and salt into the food processor and pulse until smooth.
Keyword Basil, Pesto, Pine Nuts