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How to Make Easy Homemade Basil Pesto

How to Make Easy Homemade Basil Pesto. This recipe is quick, easy, fresh, and SO versatile! Loaded with basil, pine nuts, garlic, lemon, and parmesan . . . this tastes like summer! PSST - I have ingredient substitutions and serving suggestions listed below!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Pasta, Pizza, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: basil, quick, summer
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


  • 1/4  cup  pine nuts
  • cups  packed basil
  • cloves  garlic
  • tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 1/2  cup  shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  • Place pine nuts onto prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, or until nuts are golden brown.
  • Place all ingredients into food processor and process until well combined.
  • Serve with pasta, pizza, crackers, bread, etc!
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Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1618IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1mg