Basil Pesto Recipe

Basil and pesto are synonymous. So, a good basil pesto recipe is a natural for a site about basil. You will actually find several. This pesto recipe is the classic one. If you have never made pesto before, start with this recipe. Once you know how to make pesto, you can vary this recipe to suit your taste.

Once you find a good basil pesto recipe you'll discover that it's one of those healthy recipes that you'll use over and over in many ways.

Pesto is so tasty and versatile, you will find yourself making it all the time. It freezes wonderfully so if you grow your own basil, pesto is the perfect way to preserve your harvest and reap the rewards all throughout the off-season.


  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 cups packed fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt, to taste


Place all ingredients, except the olive oil, in a food processor or blender. With the appliance running, stream in the olive oil until a smooth paste forms. Use immediately or refrigerate up to 3 days.

If you plan to freeze your pesto, do not add the garlic or cheese. When you are ready to use it, defrost it and then add the garlic and cheese.

Sauce & Marinade

Here are a few more sauce and marinade recipes to consider.

Basil Dressing Flavored Mayonnaise (Basil Mango)
Parsley Basil Salad Dressing Basil Infused Olive Oil
Basil Butter Basil Lemon Salad Dressing and Maranade
Walnut Pesto Recipe Basil Cream Sauce
Basil Shallot Mustard Basil Paste
Presto Pesto Spinach Basil Pesto

Dried Herb Recipes

If you are looking for something to spice up your meals, you might want to give these dried herb mixes a try.

Bouquet Garni Recipe
Herbes de Provence
Pasta Blend
Vegetable Seasoning
Italian Seasoning Recipe

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