Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Updated: Jun 25

One of my favorite recipes any time of year, and especially during the summer months, is a batch of fresh basil pesto. Whether I'm using it for pasta or a spread for crackers, it satisfies every time! I have a basil plant that I have grown from seed and I just can't wait to harvest it for my next batch of pesto.


Green, fragrant leaves of our basil plant
Healthy, Happy Basil Plant That We Grew From Seed

Here's my favorite Basil Pesto recipe:
  • 2 cups of fresh basil leaves

  • 2 tablespoons of walnuts

  • 2 large cloves of garlic - use fresh if you can get it

  • 1/3 or 1/2 cup of olive oil. I use 1/3 for a spread and 1/2 if I'm making pesto for pasta

  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese (fresh is best)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Put the basil, walnuts, and garlic in a food processor and process until finely chopped.

With the food processor running, pour in the olive oil slowly and process until you have a smooth mixture.


Add the cheese and process to combine (don't process for too long).


Mix in the salt and pepper with a spoon.


Refrigerate or freeze and enjoy!

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