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Basil Pesto Recipe

Pesto is great on everything and it is super easy to make.


  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves (no stems)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  • Inspect your basil for buggies. If you have any wash and dry thoroughly.
  • Pick the leaves off the stems.
  • Put the cheese, garlic, salt and walnuts in the bottom of a food processor. Place the basil on top.
  • Pulse 4-5 times to chop up the bottom ingredients.
  • Turn machine on continuous and add your EVOO through the hole at the time. Stop. Scrape and then process some more. The longer you process the finer it will be. Me?  I like a few chunks.
  • Voila! You have pesto.
Keyword basil pesto, pesto