Wondering how to make pesto sauce from scratch? It's easy! This fresh basil pesto recipe is perfect for pasta or chicken dinners or even as a dip for bread.

How to Make Pesto Sauce

Making homemade pesto is easy - you just need a handful of ingredients and a food processor. It's so much tastier than the store-bought variety.

Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil pesto recipe, homemade pesto, how to make pesto sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Natasha Bull


  • 1 cup (tightly packed) basil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. If you wish to toast the pine nuts, add them to a skillet over medium-high heat, and watch them carefully. After a few minutes, they will start to brown. Toss them often until they're lightly golden/browned on both sides. This whole process only takes about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Prep your other ingredients and add everything to the bowl of a food processor except for the olive oil.
  3. Pulse until everything is combined, then slowly drizzle the oil in while the motor is running on "low". Stop to scrape down the sides and continue processing until there's no large pieces of pine nuts.
  4. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge for up to a week. Great with pasta (try my chicken pesto pasta salad if you're interested).

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