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pesto sauce

Recipe by
Beth Pierce
Old Monroe, MO

This amazing Fresh Pesto sauce is just bursting with flavor from fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, sautéed garlic, and fresh Parmesan Cheese. It takes just minutes to make and I love to serve it with grilled chicken and fish. This homemade pesto is so much better than store bought with considerably less salt. With so much flavor packed in this sauce there are so many great options for serving it. I often serve it with Zucchini Noodles, Air Fryer Salmon, and Grilled Shrimp Kebabs.

yield 1 cup
prep time 10 Min
method Food Processor

Ingredients For pesto sauce

  • 1/3 c
    pine nuts
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 clove
    garlic minced
  • 2 c
    fresh basil
  • 1/3 c
    freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c
    extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make pesto sauce

  • 1
    Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add the pine nuts. Toast 2-3 minutes stirring very frequently. Plate them to cool.
  • 2
    Heat olive oil in same skillet over medium low heat. Cook garlic 1 minute; stirring frequently. Remove from heat and cool.
  • 3
    Combine the fresh basil and toasted pine nuts in a food processor and pulse for 10 seconds. Add the garlic and Parmesan cheese and pulse 2-3 seconds.
  • 4
    With the food processor running slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.