Basics of Pesto

Pesto is actually the word for “pounded” in Italian. The proper way to make it is pounding/grinding it with a heavy mortar and pestle. But we have modern technology and I prefer the quick way. I just combine the ingredients and pulse them with a food processor.

This recipe is wonderful because there’s no sautéing, broiling, baking or frying involved. There is very little mess and it is super quick to make. In addition, it’s healthy! This is the basic pesto sauce, but do not afraid to make it your own by adding some different spices or flavors into the mix.

My best friend and I made this recipe together in her kitchen. My garden has an overabundance of basil and she was in the mood for an authentic Italian appetizer (She has actually lived in Italy so she knows what she is talking about). Fresh basil is super easy to grow and the more you harvest from the plant, the sweeter the new leaves will be.

Note: For more economical ingredients, you can replace the pine nuts with walnuts. I have found other bloggers who have used pistachios, almonds and cashews.


  • 2 cups Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 Garlic clove (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper


  • Food Processor

Step 1: Combine all ingredients into the food processor.

Step 2: Pulse until smooth.

Step 3: Serve over pasta, toasted bread, on a sandwich, ETC.

Step 4: Eat and Enjoy!

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