Fresh Basil Pesto

Pesto is a breeze to make and requires little more than placing ingredients in a food processor and blending until smooth.
Yields 2 cups. Adapted from The Backyard Homestead.

Course Condiment
Author Stacy Karen



  1. Place basil leaves, garlic, and salt in a food processor.
  2. Pulse until a thick paste is formed.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and blend to incorporate.
  4. With the food processor still running, pour in the olive oil in a thin, steady stream.
  5. Add the pine nuts and process until smooth.

Recipe Notes

If you do not wish to use pine nuts, walnuts may be substituted, as seen in this delicious roasted garlic and walnut pesto (pictured above).

Pesto is superb with pasta, but it is equally wonderful with many other foods; try adding a few teaspoons of pesto to scrambled eggs or omelets, salad dressings, egg salad, or use as a spread in your favorite sandwich.