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Basil Pesto Sauce Recipe

If you're looking for a versatile sauce to use for pasta, meats, and vegetables this EASY homemade Basil Pesto Sauce is for you!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil pesto sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 692kcal


  • 1/4 cup pine nuts toasted
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan Reggiano cheese grated
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves packed
  • 1/4 cup flat parsley packed
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Fine sea salt and pepper


  • Place pine nuts in a large food processor. Pulse until a paste forms.
  • Add parmesan reggiano cheese, garlic, basil, parsley, olive oil, fine salt and pepper. Pulse until a grainy pesto is formed.
  • Toss with pasta, make pesto bread, use a marinade for chicken or fish, or use as a salad dressing. This can be refrigerated for up to a week.
  • If you tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!


Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 38g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 489mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3924IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 5mg