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How to make pesto with a wooden spoon full of pesto
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How to Make Pesto

Learn how to make pesto in 5 minutes using only 6 ingredients. This homemade recipe is packed with flavour and can be added to so many dishes
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, pesto, sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Ayeh
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Basil Pesto

  • 40 g basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 20 g pinenuts
  • 20 g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (or nutritional yeast if you are vegan )
  • ¼ lemon squeezed
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • Toast the pineuts on a pan on a very low heat until they are nice and golden and allow to cool
  • Add basil leaves, garlic, toasted pinenuts, lemon juice and salt into a food processor
  • Grate in the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and top with extra virgin olive oil
  • Pulse in a food processor or blender so that the mixture is nicely blended and chopped but be careful not to over blend as you still want some texture to remain. You can also make the pesto in a mortar and pestle.
  • Serve in your favourite dish and store the remaining in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer



Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg