Homemade Pesto

  • Author: Jenna
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10min
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


Pesto is a sauce made of basil, pinenuts, parmesan, garlic, and olive oil. You can brush it on grilled shrimp or chicken, add it to pasta or make a pasta salad with it, or drizzle it over a Caprese salad.



  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Add the basil leaves, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic,  salt and pepper to taste to a food processor or blender.  Process half of these ingredients first before adding in the olive oil. 
  2. Stream in the olive oil while the blender is processing the other ingredients.   Continue blending until well combined, adding additional olive oil if needed.
  3. Store the pesto in a jar or plastic container with an airtight lid. It will last in the fridge for up to 1 week. You can also freeze homemade pesto in ice cube trays.  


my WW: blue 2; green 2; purple: 2 (1 tablespoon) 

Some food processors do not have a place to stream in olive oil so just take the lid off and add it in. 

  • Category: Easy
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

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