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How to Make Basil Pesto

Basil pesto is a wonderful ingredient to add if you plan to make baked salmon or want to try something new like making a “Green” pasta a.k.a. Pesto Pasta. This adds texture to the dish and also evaluates the flavor. If you love cooking with basil, making a sauce with it will going to make you cook even more. How about you join me in learning how to make this luscious green sauce!

How to Make Basil Pesto


  • 4 oz whole basil leaves (I used my homegrown Genovese and Thai basil)
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (adjust to taste)

Item’s you’ll need

  • Food processor
  • Measuring cups, spoons, bowls
  • Rubber or silicone spatula
  • Serving bowl


Combine the Ingredients

Fresh basil and pine nuts in a food processor for basil pesto

In a food processor, combine the basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic cloves, and extra virgin olive oil.


seasoning being added to food processor for basil pesto

Season it with a pinch of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (adjust to taste).

Puree the Ingredients

Fresh basil pesto being ground up in a food processor for basil pesto

Pulse the mixture until smooth. Pause and scrape the ingredients to the bottom as needed. Continue to pulse until you get the consistency you desired. Garnish with some basil leaves on top and chopped pine nuts. Set aside for later.

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Noel Barnes
Noel Barnes
Noel Barnes

Thank you. Much better than buying it in the jar. Keep up the good work!

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