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Fresh Pesto

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Fresh Pesto

Fresh Pesto Recipe

photo by Val Lyashov
Pesto is a wonderful way to a add freshness and flavor to a variety of dishes from pasta to chicken. It's also quite simple to make. Basil, like other herbs, can be pricey at the market. Plant some basil in your garden or even a pot and your kitchen will be supplied with an abudance of this sweet-smelling, versatile herb.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 Cups Fresh Basil, loosely packed with large stems removed
  • 3 Tablespoons Pine Nuts, lightly toasted in the oven or a dry skillet
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan, freshly grated (you can also use asiago, dry jack, pecorino Romano, or another dry cheese)
  • 1/2 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt, to taste


Place the pine nuts and garlic in a food processor and pulse until mixture is finely ground. Add about half of the olive oil and a handful of basil. Process until the leaves are incorporated. With the food processor running, add more basil through the feed tube, a handful at a time, until all the basil is incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Add more oil to obtain the desired consistency.

Stir in the cheese with a spatula. Add salt to taste.

Pesto will keep, refrigerated, for one or two weeks.


Substitute different herbs for basil, such as parsley, cilantro, or mint.
Substitute different nuts for pine nuts. Walnuts are a common alternative.

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 5 out of 5
Simply wonderful, Member bobbykrausmann

I wasn't able to add pine nuts or any variety of nuts, nor did I add any actual cheeses, how ever I was able to find Organic cheddar bunnies which are similar to goldfish. I crushed them up and added accordingly. I did not use a food proccessor of any type simply my wonderful blade. I did my best to mince the garlic and basil, and was very satisfied with the rugged look. Finished it off with oil, salt, and pepper. I will upload picture once I conjure a larger batch. Again it was simply wonderful, took me less than five minutes, and the flavor is unforgettable.

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