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basil pesto in a mason jar on a marble surface with spoon and stems of fresh basil

How to Make Pesto

When you learn how to make pesto, you may start put it on everything. This basil pesto is great with pasta, on seafood, chicken, pizza and so much more.

Course Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil pesto recipe, how to make pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 136 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy


  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups basil (washed, mine was 22 grams on a food scale)
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic (medium cloves)
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil (more or less, depending on preferred texture)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (I would use half then add the rest to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Wash, pat dry and trim the fresh basil. I use leaves and stems.

  2. Peel and rough chop the garlic cloves. This helps the food processor and prevents huge chunks of garlic.

  3. Add all ingredients to the food processor, except for the olive oil,

  4. Pulse the food processor about 10 times to start to break down the ingredients.

  5. Remove the lid (while off, not processing!) and scrape the sides of the food processor. Put the lid back on.
  6. Stream in extra virgin olive oil slowly through the spout while processing (about 30 seconds), until desired consistency (I used about 1/3 cup).

  7. Serve immediately for best results.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

My batch made 3/4 cup of pesto. Each serving is approximately 1.5 Tablespoons.

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

One batch is just enough to coat one pound of pasta. 


Nutrition Facts
How to Make Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.