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5 from 2 votes

Nonna's Homemade Basil Pesto

A simple, six ingredient family recipe for classic pesto Genovese- this basil laden version comes straight from our Italian Nonna's kitchen!
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt, optional
  • 1/4-1/3 cup olive oil, depending on desired consistency
  • 2 firmly packed cups fresh basil leaves, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Fit the bowl of your food processor with the sharp metal blade attachment. Place all the basil leaves at the bottom. Secure the top.
  • Hit the on switch, and as soon as the blade starts drop in the garlic cloves. When the basil and garlic are all finely chopped, stop it & pour in the oil. 
  • Turn it back on and drop the nuts in. Once the nuts are finely ground, add in the cheese. Process until well blended. Stop the machine, scraping down the sides as needed, to make sure everything is evenly blended.
  • Use immediately, or jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.