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Pesto in a glass jar with spoon
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How to Make Pesto

An easy method on How to Make Pesto for pasta, pizza, dips, salads and more! Using my tips and tricks, you will learn how to make homemade pesto from scratch.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: green pesto, pesto, red pesto
Servings: 8
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Food processor
  • Glass jar


How to Make Pesto

  • 2 cup basil leaves Note 1
  • ½ cup pine nuts Note 2
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese Note 3
  • cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic skin peeled and end cut off


How to Make Pesto

  • Combine all ingredients except the lemon juice in the food processor with standard blade. Blitz for 5 seconds, then another 5 till consistently combined.
  • Taste, then add lemon juice as desired
  • Stir in a glass jar with lid for up to 1 week in the fridge



  • Note 1 Pull the leaves off the basil stems and add to a bowl. Don't worry if a little bit of stem gets into the mix, but for the majority, we are looking for the leaves not the stem.
  • Note 2 Use your favourite nuts! Pine nuts, cashews, walnuts all work well for Pesto! 
  • Note 3 Use nutrional yeast for a vegan option.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg