Pesto Sauce

Here is a simple pesto recipe.  I’ve made this twice now, using fresh basil from the garden and it is a huge hit with the kids!  They help with the basil and then the blending!


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil, separated
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 7 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor.
  2. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
  3. Slowly add the half cup of olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula.
  4. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended.
  5. Add a round of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  6. Add remaining olive oil and pulse.

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