Easy Basil Pesto Recipe

Basil Pesto would have to be the easiest things to make especially if you have a massive basil plant in your garden. Whip it up in 15 minutes or less to pop onto

freshly cooked pasta, sourdough bread or roasted veggies.

This recipe is a great one to have on hand and a must have, accompaniment anytime of the year.

Great added to vegetarian burgers as a sauce for something different.  Try adding it to our fave Pumpkin Quinoa Patties. Recipe link here


easy basil pesto

Basil Pesto Gifts

Basil Pesto is  a wonderful gift to give to family and friends and can be whipped up in 10-15minutes while friends are visiting.

Keep plenty of jars on hand at your home so you can  whip this fab pesto recipe  up at anytime.

Basil can be grown successfully from seeds or seedlings and need very little care.  Just a bit of water and love and maybe a dose of fertilizer now and then.

(If you’ve never grown basil from seeds before pop on over to this informative article that will guide you in the right direction).

We have always grown basil in the veggie garden, but often let it go to seed as we could never seem to use it quickly enough.

This is one plentiful abundant ever-giving plant and I  needed to come up with a way to use it.  I found this recipe and have used it multiple times to create yummy basil pesto.

Awesome Basil Pesto Recipe


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easy basil pesto
Easy Basil Pesto
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins

Quick and easy basil pesto made with 6 ingredients you'll already have on hand at home.

Course: Dressing, Lunch, Snacks
Cuisine: American, Australian, Italian
Keyword: basil, basil pesto, basil pesto for pasta, easy basil pesto
Servings: 8
Calories: 233 kcal
  • 80 gms parmesan finely grated
  • 80 gms basil leaves
  • 30 gms pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 150 gms olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Finely grate parmesan or purchase already grated and add into a blender, food processor or Thermomix.

  2. Add the pine nuts, garlic, 80 grams of fresh basil leaves, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 150 gms of olive oil.

  3. Blitz till fine liquid consistency.

  4. Pour into a clean jar and store in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Use pesto on pasta, as a dip and a topper on roasted veggies.  The use for basil pesto is endless. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 234mg10%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 607IU12%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 138mg14%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



easy basil pesto

How To Keep Basil Pesto

After making your fresh batch of basil pesto, pop it into a clean glass jar and store it in the fridge.  This keeps for around 3-5 days but usually it’s gone way before that as you’ll no doubt find that it’s far too irresistible and will be eaten way before the expiry date.

Sometimes the basil pesto may discolor slightly, but a quick stir will bring the green vibrant colour back again.

easy basil pesto

Most of all pop some basil seeds or seedlings into a pot or in your veggie garden to have on hand and add to your cooking and salads.

This Easy Basil Pesto recipe may seem  simple but I assure you it’s definitely doesn’t disappoint in the taste department.


You might like to try our Easy Seed Crackers Recipe or our Crunchy Air Fryer Tortilla Chips to go with your Basil Pest.




About Sonya

Easy Basil Pesto 3Helloooo, I'm Sonya and I'm one of those late starter's in the exercise department. (but you know you're never too late to start). A retired beauty therapist who likes geeking out in the online world, loves 4-legged fury friends, baking and gardening.