My Favorite Pesto Recipe

My Favorite Pesto Recipe


If you love crusty fresh bread and garlicky goodness then you probably love pesto.  When the basil goes on sale at my local grocery store, I know that I will be breaking out the food processor…and then the breath mints!

I have tried a few pesto recipes but this one is my absolute favorite, because it is delicious and easy.  Here are the ingredients that you need or as The Pioneer Woman would say “The Cast of Characters”.

My Favorite Pesto Recipe


Easy Pesto Recipe

2 Cups of Basil Leaves (Usually two full bunches from the grocery store).

1/4 Cup of Pine Nuts

1/2 Cup of Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

2 Cloves of Garlic

1 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (almost a full cup for the pesto mixture and leave some to top off the pesto).

Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients, except the olive oil in the food processor.  Pulse and chop the ingredients.   Gradually add the olive oil and pulse some more until smooth.


My Favorite Pesto Recipe


It should be bright green and ready to eat.  It will taste better if you wait and let the flavors marry, but who has that kind of discipline? Not I.

My Favorite Pesto Recipe


This yields more than we can consume in an evening and I usually store the rest in small canning jars – I keep one in the fridge and freeze the rest.  Remember that extra olive oil?  In order to keep the bright green color of the pesto, I always top it off with a bit of olive oil before putting away.  If the basil leaves oxide a bit. the pesto will still be good, but not as appetizing.  The extra olive oil keeps it tasting and looking delicious!

My Favorite Pesto Recipe

That was easy, wasn’t it?  Just break out the baguette and clean the plate.


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  1. says

    Thanks for linking this up to the Welcome Home Wednesdays link party! I have a boyfriend that would ADORE THIS! I’m pinning this for sure! Thanks for sharing…we hope to see you again next week!

  2. says

    Wow, this looks very yummy and easy! I think this would make a wonderful appetizer for dinner guests. I am definitely pinning this for later =) I’m stopping by from the Welcome Home Wednesday link party. Thank you for linking up with us! I hope to see more next week!

  3. Julie says

    Looks yummy and has motivated me to make use of the copious amounts of basil I have!! And, oh my gosh, that copper pepper mill!! Can you share your source for it? Thanks!

    • Maria says

      Julie, I wish I had lots of basil in my garden! I added the link to the pepper mill to the highlighted word “pepper” in the ingredients. It’s pricey but I love how substantial and beautiful it is!

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