Fresh Basil Pesto

Vibrant green and bursting with flavor, this homemade pesto is the epitome of summer in a jar. Made with fragrant basil leaves, rich olive oil, zesty garlic, and a sprinkle of Romano cheese, each spoonful is a taste of pure delight. Whether tossed with pasta, smeared on crusty bread, or used as a versatile sauce, this pesto is a kitchen staple that brings a touch of magic to every meal. So grab your food processor, gather your ingredients, and let the vibrant flavors of basil elevate your culinary creations!

July 14, 2023

Fresh Basil Pesto

Alissa DiSanto
  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Total Time
    5 min
  • Servings
    1 cup
  • Difficulty
    Super Easy


• 2 cups packed basil leaves
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1/3 cup pine nuts
• 1 lemon zested and juiced
• Salt and pepper
• Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
• ¼ cup olive oil
• ½ cup fresh finely grated Romano cheese


  1. Using a food processor fitted with a blade, add the basil, garlic, pine nuts, lemon zest and juice. Pulse until everything comes together and a thick grainy paste is formed.
  2. With the processor on, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
  3. Add the pinch of red pepper flakes and salt/pepper and pulse again. If you do not plan to use this right away and plan to store in the fridge or freezer, you’re all set. If you plan to use right away, then you can add your cheese for the final step.
  4. Freshly grate your cheese in and give it one final pulse. You want your pesto thick enough to stick to your pasta, bread, or protein. The options to use this healthy flavorful sauce are endless.

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