Basil Pine Nut Pesto – Freshly made with love

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Pesto made with fresh basil and real pine nuts cannot be beaten.
Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto
Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto
Basil Pine Nut Pesto

Basil pine nut pesto is one of the most delicious and easy things to make. It’s even better in the summer when your basil plant is fat with big green leaves.

I think all of us have been tempted to buy the pesto sauce in the refrigerated sauce section at the supermarket. The one at the supermarket has things in it you will never find in fresh pesto, whey, milk, canola oil, water, and 2% or less of garlic purée. Some brands do have pine nuts, others use walnuts. But, there is nothing like the real thing.

Pesto is one of the easiest sauces to make and can be used on a variety of foods. Heck, it’s good just on a spoon!

What you Need to Make basil Pine Nut Pesto

When you make pesto, it’s important to have fresh ingredients. If you can find pine nuts in the refrigerated section, those are best. If not, look for nuts that are of a uniform pale cream color, with no spots. Pine nuts are the edible seeds of, yes, pine trees. Please use good Parmesan cheese as well, you don’t have to get Parmigiano-Reggiano, but at least get the cheese in the refrigerated section.
Please use good cheese when you make this. Don’t be tempted to use the stuff in the cardboard box. The great thing about using a food processor is you don’t have to worry about grating your knuckles as you grate cheese. Let the food processor do the work. Grate the cheese first, remove it from the bowl, and add it as instructed in the recipe below.

If you’re angry at someone and want to take your aggression out on something, you can use a mortar and pestle, and grind away for a very long time. Or, if you don’t have any aggression, then please use a food processor.

Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto

Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto

Pesto made with fresh basil and real pine nuts cannot be beaten.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 12 servings
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Difficulty: Easy
Calories per serving: 118kcal

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  • 4 cups basil leaves, stems removed
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup good extra virgin olive oil
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Put the basil leaves into the processor and process them until they are cut up. Don't let them become a paste.
  • Remove the basil from the processor and add the garlic. Process the garlic.
  • Add the pine nuts and process until they are small bead size, about the same size as the garlic.
  • Return the basil to the processor, and process altogether for a second or two.
  • Add the Parmesan and pepper, and process until it is all incorporated. You should have pretty much a paste going by now.
  • With the processor going, slowly start adding the olive oil. You may not need all the oil, or you may need more. You should stop adding oil before you can see it. Looking at the picture will give you a good idea of what it should look like.
    Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto
  • You should have about 1 1/2 cups or so of pesto. Refrigerate immediately to prevent spoilage.
  • To use the refrigerated pesto, remove from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.


You can add sun-dried tomato for a Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto.


Calories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 153mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0g
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