Pesto Recipe

Basil Pesto

Pesto is an Italian sauce originating in Genoa in the Liguria region of northern Italy and traditionally consists of crushed garlic, basil, and European pine nuts blended with olive oil, Parmigianino Reggiano (Parmesan cheese), and Fiore Sardo (cheese made from sheep’s milk).

Try this simple and easy-to-follow Basil Pesto recipe right away to have a perfect sauce to top your pasta!

Prepare time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Servings: 1 cup
Ingredients: 6

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese

Steps: 3

  1. Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.
  5. If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.

How To Make Pesto

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