Perfect Pesto
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 1.5 cups
Nothing beats the flavor of fresh pesto on hot pasta! Here's an easy recipe you'll love!
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves, washed and dried (spin in a salad spinner)
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts* (you don't have to toast them but it makes them nuttier) or almonds or walnuts
  • 1 - 2 peeled garlic cloves
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus additional ½ cup for sprinkling when served
  • salt and pepper to taste, about ½ to 1 teaspoon sea salt and several grinds of fresh pepper
  • ½ cup good quality organic olive oil
  1. In a food processor combine the toasted nuts*, basil, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Process until finely chopped.
  2. With the machine running, add the oil in a thin stream until the pesto is smooth, about a minute. Now, how easy is that?
  3. Store in a jar with oil covering the top and use on hot pasta, chicken, fresh tomatoes, etc.
Recipe by Kate Battistelli at