Easy Basil Pesto Recipe: How To Make Pesto Sauce

The universal EASY basil pesto recipe! Learn how to make homemade basil pesto sauce: 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and you'll want to put it on everything.

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bowl of fresh basil pesto sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Maya Krampf from


  • 1/3 cup Nuts (any kind you like - I used macadamia nuts)
  • 2 cups Fresh basil (packed)
  • 1/3 cup Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced or coarsely chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black pepper


  1. Place nuts into a powerful blender or food processor. Pulse several times until they are broken up into smaller pieces. (Don't over-process, or you'll end up with nut butter!)

  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender. Push the basil leaves into the olive oil.
  3. Pulse intermittently, scraping sides occasionally with a spatula, until the desired consistency is reached.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 2 tbsp

I used a high power blender for this recipe. If using a food processor where the blade is notably higher than the bottom of the food processor, you'll want to modify the method slightly. Instead of adding the olive oil with the rest of the ingredients, gradually pour it in as a stream while the food processor is running.

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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 162 | Fat: 16g | Total Carbs: 2g | Net Carbs: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Protein: 5g

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