I love the fresh taste of basil. I had only ever had pesto from a can or a mix from the store. So I decided to make some of my own. Well once I tried homemade basil pesto there was no going back. The blend of flavors was wonderful and so fresh. Very easy to make, but keep in mind when you are doing eating you will need some strong mints or a good toothbrushing, but it is sure worth it all!


  • 2 cups firmly packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil (for this recipe the better the olive oil the better overall taste you will have)
  • 3 cloves of whole garlic (peeled)


Combine all ingredients minus the olive oil in the blender. Pulse a few times and slowly drizzle the olive oil in while pulsing. Add more or less depending on consistency, blend until smooth.

It should be very thick, like a paste.

Serve immediately over some fresh pasta or ravioli. If you want to make this meal completely healthy, try some whole wheat pasta. Whole wheat pasta tastes great, and adds to the healthiness of the meal.


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