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Easy Basil Pesto recipe is versatile and simple. Put the ingredients in a food processor and voila. Plus lots of ways to use pesto and storage tips. |

Easy Basil Pesto

  • Author: jzmcbride
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Easy Basil Pesto will be your go-to recipe because it’s so versatile and simple. I like to make a ton of it in the summertime when basil is plentiful and keep frozen “pesto cubes” in my freezer so I can use them year round.


  • 1 cup nuts (pistachios or pine nuts are my favorite)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 cups basil leaves (or use a mixture of basil and Italian parsley for milder flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/23/4 cup of olive oil


  1. Place nuts and garlic in food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add basil leaves and lemon juice and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse paste.
  3. With the food processor running, slowly pour in olive oil until the mixture gets smooth and saucy.
  4. (Optional) Stir in Parmesan cheese.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. 


  • Omit cheese for Paleo and Whole30 version
  • If you use Parmesan cheese, you’ll need less salt
  • Some people prefer a mixture of basil and Italian parsley for a less intense flavor
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: recipe
  • Cuisine: Italian

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