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Basil Pesto Sauce

Basil Pesto Sauce is an easy basil pesto recipe that's made with only 6 ingredients.  It's so fresh and delicious that you'll never buy it again!

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  • 4 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Add basil, garlic, nuts, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and salt to a food processor and pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber scraper.
  • With the processor running, add the olive oil through the feed tube and process until the sauce reaches the desired consistency. Add more oil and adjust the salt to suit your taste.
  • Add to your recipes and enjoy!


  • Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • See my post How to Make Pesto Sauce for pesto sauce variations.
  • While I personally don't blanch my basil or greens for pesto sauce, you can certainly opt to do that if you'd like your sauce to be a brighter shade of green.  Read this article for tips.
  • Use your pesto sauce for pizza and pasta, as a spread for sandwiches and burgers, in quinoa or farro salads, or as a condiment for roasted veggies!  


Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 123kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 123mg, Fiber: 1g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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