Basil pesto is a fresh, aromatic, insanely flavorful sauce. It's light, refreshing, summery and couldn't be easier to make with a handful of fresh ingredients.
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Basil Pesto

Basil pesto is a fresh, aromatic, insanely flavorful sauce. It's light, refreshing, summery and couldn't be easier to make with a handful of fresh ingredients. Watch my video above to see how quickly it comes together! 
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: dressing, sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Basil Pesto, Basil Pesto Recipe, Basil Pesto Sauce
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano optional

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil and lemon juice to your food processor or Vitamix.
  • Toast the pine nuts and cashews in a skillet on medium low heat for 5 minutes, tossing gently. Then place them in your food processor or Vitamix.
  • And all remaining pesto ingredients. If using a food processor, pulse until the ingredients are mixed. If using your Vitamix, slowly turn the speed to high and use the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades until the pesto is smooth and creamy.

Video

Notes

  • Yield: 1 1/4 Cup
  • Toasting the pine nuts and cashews is optional, but it does add a wonderful flavor to the pesto.
  • The Vitamix model I use is the Ascent 3500 and I definitely recommend it. Make sure to check out all my other Vitamix Recipes as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 90kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 29mg | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg