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basil parmesan pesto in bowl on table with pine nuts and fresh basil around bowl

Basil Parmesan Pesto

This Basil Parmesan Pesto recipe is the best pesto you will ever make!  This classic sauce is freezer friendly and can be made in just 5 minutes. Use this homemade pesto sauce on vegetables, pizza and pasta.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups


  • 4 c Basil packed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 c Lemon Juice fresh is best
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 8 Tbsp Pine Nuts
  • 2 c Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 c Parmesan Cheese


  • In a food processor or blender, pulse basil, lemon, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, and salt until finely chopped.
  • While keeping food processor or blender running, slowing add olive oil until well combined.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze.


Mix refrigerated pesto well before serving.
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