BetterButter App

Recipes, Food Community & Kitchenwares


For uploading your recipes please DOWNLOAD THE APP

Home / Recipes / Classic Basil Pesto

Photo of Classic Basil Pesto by BetterButter Editorial at BetterButter

Classic Basil Pesto

BetterButter Editorial
10 minutes
Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time
8 People
Read Instructions Save For Later

ABOUT Classic Basil Pesto RECIPE

A super simple recipe that barely takes any time to make. The only thing you need is to grate that cheese.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Dinner Party
  • Italian
  • Blending
  • Condiments
  • Low Fat

Ingredients Serving: 8

  1. 6 cups gently packed basil leaves
  2. 1/2 cup pine nuts
  3. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or any other hard cheese
  4. 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  7. a squeeze of lemon juice


  1. Blend half the basil with the nuts, cheese, and garlic: Combine half of the basil with the nuts, cheese, cloves, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend continuously until the ingredients are finely chopped.
  2. Blend in the rest of the basil: Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the rest of the basil. Blend until a uniform paste has formed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Stream in the olive oil: With the blender running, stream in the olive oil. Continue blending as needed until the olive oil is emulsified into the basil and the pesto looks uniform.
  4. Pour a little olive oil over the surface, cover, and refrigerate for up to a week. Pesto can also be frozen for several months.

Reviews (2)  

How would you rate this recipe? Please add a star rating before submitting your review.

Submit Review
Rashmirekha Dash
Rashmirekha Dash   Nov-18-2016

thanks a lot

Trishna Gogoi
Trishna Gogoi   Jul-16-2016

Similar Recipes

A password link has been sent to your mail. Please check your mail.