- 1 cup basil leaves, packed, plus more for garnish
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- salt and pepper
- Blend basil, Parmesan, oil, pine nuts, lemon juice, and garlic in the food processor attachment of your immersion blender until smooth; season with salt and pepper.
Pine nuts are pricy so you want to splurge, go for it. If not, you can still make a delicious pesto by substituting another nut. While it's not traditional Italian, we love love the earthy, toasty flavor of walnuts in pesto. Another excellent nut to use here is pecans.
What others are saying
Sam Dalton says:
Classic, delicious basil pesto. I made it for a zucchini noodle dish, and it was perfect. I won't ever buy store bought again.
Greg Jones says:
This is a really good, classic basil pesto recipe, much better than store bought. All ingredients that are really easy to find, and the perfect amount of garlic and lemon.
Caro Hodgin says:
perfect, simple pesto recipe!