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A basic Basil Pesto Recipe that is perfect for the basil bounty in the summer.

Basil Pesto Recipe on tasteandtellblog.com

I was feeling like I was all on top of things. I’ve got posts planned out for a few weeks in advance, and most of the photos edited and recipes uploaded. And then I looked at the calendar.

What? St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend? I haven’t cooked up one. single. holiday treat. Now I’m feeling like a loser.

At least I made some pesto. And it’s green, so it counts, right?? A good basil pesto recipe is something that everyone needs. I make it like crazy during the summer, and like to throw it into everything from soup to pasta to my eggs at breakfast. Basil is my favorite thing to grow during the summer, and so I am using this basil pesto recipe all the time.

This is a pretty basic recipe, but you can always switch things up by using a different nut or even an different herb. But if you want to keep things simple and basic, this basil pesto recipe is for you!!

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Basil Pesto Recipe
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A basic Basil Pesto Recipe that is perfect for the basil bounty in the summer.
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2-4 minced garlic cloves
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pulse all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor or blender until chopped. Add olive oil in a stream to incorporate all ingredients.


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12 Responses to Basil Pesto Recipe

  1. Rosa says:

    Delicious looking! That is one of my favorite sauces.



  2. Bev Weidner says:

    That is one gawwwwgeous basil pesto, lady!

  3. I adore pesto! It’s been awhile since I’ve made a homemade batch!

  4. Katrina says:

    Mmm this is a fine pesto! Love this recipe.

  5. Cassie says:

    Can’t go wrong with classic basil pesto. My mouth is watering!

  6. you havent made green, and you make pesto.

    I think chocolate & green food coloring…I wish my brain worked like yours 🙂

  7. That definitely counts! And, to tell you the truth, I’d much prefer to add basil pesto to my food rather than green food coloring.

  8. Annalise says:

    Basil pesto is on the menu tonight at our house, can’t wait! And yes, it totally counts.

  9. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    Basil pesto is my favorite! I could eat it everyday with just a spoon and be content. Lovely picture of an amazing sauce! 🙂

  10. Chels R. says:

    YUM! Pesto and I have a love affair!

  11. Kristy says:

    Thank you for the reminder that I have some in the freezer that I made in the fall. Time to pop it out! 🙂

  12. I was in the same boat as you until Sunday. I had no idea that St. Patrick’s Day was less than a week away and I had nothing planned. Plus I have at least 12 posts ready to go for the next week and a half!

    On another note, your basil pesto looks gorgeous. And it’s green so you’re set for your St. Patrick’s Day post 🙂

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