Easy basil Pesto

dish of basil pesto with basil leaves and cheese

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A simple recipe for pesto in case it’s been awhile since you made it.




  1. Toast pine nuts in a 350º oven on a baking sheet, until golden brown. Watch closely! It takes only 2 or 3 minutes.
  2.  Transfer to a food processor and let cool. Add cheese and garlic and pulse until finely ground, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the basil (thick stems removed and discarded).
  4. With the motor running, add oil in a slow and steady stream until pesto is smooth, about 1 minute.


Some think pesto is best served with long pasta like spaghetti, but I prefer fusilli pasta. It holds the sauce just perfectly.