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Basil Pesto

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 1/4 cup
Author Joe Boyle


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic , coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts , (pine nuts could also be used)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan or peccorino romano cheese , (I used Romano)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Place basil, garlic and nuts in a food processor and pulse to chop
  • Add the cheese and pulse until incorporated
  • Slowly add the oil while the processor is on and puree until smooth
  • Add salt and pepper, pulse until blended
  • Stir into pasta of your choice, (I used about 3 1/2 tbsp for 8 ounces of pasta)


If serving over pasta, reserve some of the pasta water to thin the sauce if necessary.