Published Jun 8th
Prep 5m Cook - Additional - Ready In 5m
Servings 2 cups Calories 177.6

In all seriousness, this homemade pesto recipe has changed my level of ‘chefworthiness’ in the eyes of friends and family. My husband swears I could make millions off of just this recipe! Of course I am still just a wannabe cook…but this simple pesto recipe could fool the best of them! The simplicity and the quality of the ingredients is what makes it so fantastic.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups loosely packed fresh basil
  • 1 ¼ cups olive oil, or more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Pulse pine nuts, almonds, and garlic in a food processor for about 20 seconds. Add basil, 1 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend for about 1 minute. Add additional olive oil until desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 177.6
  • Carbohydrate 1.3 g
  • Fat 19.2 g
  • Fiber 0.6 g
  • Protein 1.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.6 g
  • Sodium 146.4 mg
  • Sugar 0.2 g

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Chef's Notes

Variations: Use only one kind of nut or mix several. If I don't have pine nuts, I use walnuts and it still tastes fabulous! Don't have quite enough basil? Add some other fresh greens like parsley or cilantro (as long as the majority is basil). Get creative! Add a small handful of sun-dried tomatoes to the mix, yum! Add a 1/2 cup of your favorite cheese.
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  1. I used all almonds cause that's what I had. It was great!