Our Favorite Basil Pesto Recipe.
This is my very best pesto recipe that is super easy to make! Classic basil pesto loaded with toasted pine nuts and parmesan cheese – I keep a batch of this in my fridge every week to elevate meals. Make some today!
Finally! I’m putting my pesto in one perfect place for you.
For years I’ve been telling you that I’d do a dedicated post to my pesto – it’s so incredibly delicious! – and now it’s finally here. Just in time for peak basil season. And tomatoes! And corn!
Pesto here we come.
It’s hard to believe that I didn’t always love basil pesto – especially because it’s such a staple for us now. I use it as a drizzle, marinade, to serve just about anything (meats! vegetables! pastas!). I make big batches and freeze them. This is one thing we can’t live without.
How To Make Basil Pesto
These are all the ingredients I use to make the best basil pesto:
A ton of fresh basil, of course!
Fresh garlic cloves. Just throw them in whole.
Toasted pine nuts. This is my favorite ingredient.
Finely grated parmesan cheese.
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Lots of extra virgin olive oil.
Kosher salt and pepper.
That’s it! Throw everything together in a food processor and boom – it’s done. Store it in the fridge for about a week, or the freezer for much longer!
I also add pesto to soups for flavoring, to vinaigrettes and dressings and to anything creamy to make it extra delicious.
Recipes That Use Pesto
Here’s just a handful of ways that I love to use my pesto…
I keep a batch of pesto in my fridge almost every single week. It’s a surefire way to have an EASY meal on hand and we all love it so much.
Best Basil Pesto Recipe
Basil Pesto Recipe
- Combine the basil, garlic, parmesan, pine nuts, lemon juice and a big pinch of salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until small crumbs remain and everything is combined. With the processor on, stream in the olive oil until the mixture comes together.
- Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Use as desired! This freezes great too.
My favorite way to eat some greens.