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Classic Basil Pesto

The classic, simple original Pesto perfect for any kind of pasta, any time of day or year!
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basic, basil, classic, Italian, lunch, pasta, pasta sauce, pesto, pine nut


  • 2 Cups Basil Leaves
  • 1 Lemon Zested and Juiced
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan grated
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nut alternative walnuts
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Combine all of the ingredients, except the oil, in a food processor.
  • Pulse a few times to break things up.
  • With the food processor on low, drizzle in the olive oil until well chopped and blended. It shouldn't be overly smooth, a little texture is a good thing.
  • Serve over warm pasta or use as a marinade for grilling chicken.