Basil Pesto Recipe with Garlic, Nuts and Lemon


Homemade basil pesto recipe made with fresh basil and simple ingredients to add to your favorite pasta dish.

Pesto recipe

We started growing basil in our garden a few years back. Our kids are crazy about it! They will sit on the side of the planter box and just munch on basil. A bit strong for me but hey, let them have fun.

So when the basil finally has a moment to grow, it’s time to make homemade pesto with this easy basil pesto recipe.

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  • 2 cups basil
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1 TBS lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste

Rinse and Dry Basil

Whether you’ve grown basil in your yard or found some at store, start by rinsing and drying your basil. Gather roughly 2 cups of basil. Compressed but not packed.

Food Processor

In the food processor add 2 cups basil, 3 cloves garlic, ½ cup nuts, ½ cup parmesan cheese and 1 TBS lemon. While processor is on, slowly add your olive oil through the top.

Pulse until combined but not completely smooth. Leaving some texture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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What is Pesto used for

  • Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Sandwiches
  • Pizza (in place of pizza sauce)
  • Shrimp
  • Burgers
  • Veggie Dip
  • Salmon

Pesto is a delicious addition that can be used in a verity of different ways. Whether it’s a simple veggie dip or on an entire pizza in place of the classic pizza sauce. If you’re new to pesto, start off with an easy pasta dish and go from there. Basil just might make it into your garden this next season.

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Basil Pesto Recipe

Basil pesto recipe to enjoy with pasta, chicken, shrimp, sandwiches, pizza and so much more!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Basil Pesto, Easy Pesto Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 272kcal


  • Food Processor


  • 2 Cups Basil
  • ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Pine nuts or Walnuts
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 TSB Lemon
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste


  • In the food processor add basil, garlic, nuts, cheese and lemon.
  • While processor is on, slowly add your olive oil though the top.
  • Pulse and scrap down the sides with a spatula.
  • Pulse until combined but not completely smooth. Leaving some texture. Add salt and pepper to taste.


  • The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will very based on different bands of ingredients used and cooking methods. 


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 491IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1mg
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