Homemade Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

One of the best things about the summer is all of the fresh basil and one of my favorite things to do with that basil is to make pesto! Basil pesto is as easy to make and pureeing basil, garlic, pine-nuts, Parmesan, olive oil and lemon juice in a food processor so there’s really no excuse to not make your own! Once you have made your basil pesto it can be used on so many thing from pastas to sandwiches to soups, salads, etc.  Another great thing about basil pesto is that it freezes well so you can save the essence of summer for later or give it away as a gift with an Italian gift basket.

Yields: 16- 1 Tablespoon servings (or 1 cup)

A fresh, light and summery homemade basil pesto!


  • 1 cup basil, packed
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano, grated
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place everything into a food processor and blend.