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Bright Basil Pesto

Bright, citrusy, fresh, and cheesy basil pesto is SO GOOD on so many different things. I will add pesto to just about anything I can and is just 10x better when you make it at home!



  • 2 Cups Fresh Basil

  • 3/4 Cup Shredded/Grated Parmesan Cheese

  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1/2 Cup of Pine Nuts (Can be substituted for almonds or walnuts as well)

  • 1 Clove of Garlic

  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice

  • 1/4 tsp Salt (then add additional to taste if wanted)

  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper


  • Food Processor

    • Ideally use a food processor but you can also use a blender but note that by using a blender your pesto will come out a lot more smooth and not chunky at all. When you use a food processor you can control how chunky or smooth you want your pesto to be.


  1. Toast your nuts in a dry skillet over the stove until golden brown.

  2. Add your toasted nuts, olive oil, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt & pepper, and basil in to your food processor.

  3. Pulse on low until you reach the consistency you're looking for and until everything is incorporated.

  4. Store in a large wide mouth jar in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.


  • I love to add my pesto to:

    • Toast or sandwiches

    • Scrambles, Omelettes, or just straight on top of a fried egg

    • Homemade Pizza

      • Link to my pizza dough recipe here

    • Roasted Veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, and zucchini

    • Pasta... of course!

  • The possibilities are endless and Pesto is such a great way to get so much bright flavor into lots of different things. Putting pesto on veggies is such a game changer for me!

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