Homemade Basil Pesto

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 2 cups


  • 2-3 cups basil clean and packed
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts can substitute with walnuts, almond or pepitas
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Toast pine nuts over medium heat until browned and toasted.
  • Add clean basil, pine nuts, garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice to food processor. Pulse until nuts and basil are finely chopped.
  • While food processor is on, drizzle olive oil into bowl until well mixed. You may need to scrape bowl with spatula to help mix.
  • Add parmesan cheese and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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