Basil Pesto Recipe

Basil Pesto Recipe

I look forward to this time of the year when you can go out and pick some basil for a yummy meal. This is delicious smeared on french bread slices also. Since pine nuts are so expensive I sometimes substitute sunflower seeds.


Basil Pesto

Hands-on Time

10 Mins

Total Time

10 Mins


Makes 2 cups

June 2011


Use this pesto recipes to stir some summertime goodness into hot cooked pasta, rice, or grits for a tasty side dish to your meal. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for French fries.


  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.


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