Pesto Recipe

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Get ready to elevate your culinary game with this Easy Homemade Pesto Recipe! Whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests or simply add a burst of flavor to your favorite dishes, this classic pesto is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

Pesto, originating from the vibrant city of Genoa, Italy, is a sauce that’s as versatile as it is delicious. Traditionally made with basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and olive oil, it’s a celebration of fresh ingredients and bold flavors.

But here’s the best part: making your own pesto at home is easier than you might think. With just a handful of ingredients and a trusty blender or food processor, you can whip up a batch of this flavorful sauce in no time.

While the classic basil version is always a winner, why not mix things up with a parsley variation for a unique twist? The possibilities are endless, and homemade pesto also makes a thoughtful hostess gift for any occasion.

When it comes to using pesto, the options are endless. Toss it with cooked pasta for a simple yet satisfying meal, or drizzle it over steak, chicken, fish, pizza, or tomato salad for an extra burst of flavor. And here’s a tip: when combining pesto with pasta, mix in a small ladle of the pasta cooking water to help the sauce adhere to the noodles.

So say goodbye to store-bought pesto and hello to the homemade goodness of this Easy Homemade Pesto Recipe. With its fresh, vibrant flavors and endless versatility, it’s sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.

Serve this over pasta with some broiled Cheesy Garlic Bread, homemade Ciabatta Bread or some crusty French Bread. Add in a garden fresh salad and what a perfect meal!


Pesto Recipe


  • Author: Taste of Home
  • Prep Time: :10
  • Total Time: :10
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Italian


Units Scale
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh basil or cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a food processor, puree all ingredients. Refrigerate for several weeks or freeze in a tightly covered container. Toss a few tablespoons pesto with hot cooked pasta.


  • 2 tablespoons: 97 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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