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Homemade Fresh Basil Pesto

Author: Becky
Green Pesto can compliment so many dishes and it’s really easy to make. Just throw the ingredients together and blend. You can have delicious fresh pesto made with basil in under 10 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course dip, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 311 kcal


  • 50 g Fresh Basil
  • 30 g Toasted Pine Nuts
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 50 g Grana Padano
  • 30 g Pecorino Romano
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 150 ml Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice optional


  • Place the basil, nuts, garlic and salt (plus the lemon juice if using) into a blender, turn on the blade at a slow speed and gradually add the oil. Blend until the pesto reaches your require consistency.
  • Finely grate your cheese and stir in.
  • Place into airtight sterilised jars and store in the fridge.

Recipe Notes and Guidance

See Recipe tips and guidance for more details.
  • Be aware that fresh pesto smells different to commercial jarred pesto, since it has not been subject to any processing.
  • Try using roasted garlic for extra flavour.
  • Using extra virgin olive oil will work well too, just blend the ingredients first to make a paste and stir the oil in afterwards. Blended extra virgin olive oil can produce a bitter taste.
  • You can use the cheese recommended or a simple parmesan.
  • You can use untoasted pine nuts in this recipe, but be aware that they can create a taste deviation called Pine mouth in some people. 
  • To help prevent the pesto turning brown, add a little lemon juice or blanche the basil leaves before adding to your recipe. 

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 6gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 195mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 527IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 170mgIron: 1mg
Keyword basil pesto, green pesto with basil
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