With its savory ‘straight from the garden’ flavor, there are very few things out there that can’t be made better with a touch of homemade pesto. Whether you think of it as a sauce or a condiment, it is one of the most versatile toppings around.

We think it’s funny when we see an expensive jar of pesto at the store. It’s just so darn easy to make! The flavor you get from using basil leaves is far better than something that has been shelved for a while.

You’ll need to break out your food processor to whip up this recipe, but in no time at all you’ll be looking for as many ways as possible to gobble down this delicious pesto. Enjoy!

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A bowl of fresh pesto, alongside some served on pita bread

Homemade Pesto Recipe

Nothing adds a burst of flavor like homemade pesto! This easy recipe will help kick your sandwiches, soups and scrambled eggs up a notch.


Yield: 8 – 10 servings
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  • Combine basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, oil, walnuts, lime juice and salt in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is chopped.
  • Scrape the side of the bowl and turn the processor back on and keep running until it is your desired consistency. You may have to scrape the sides of the bowl a couple of times.


Use this fresh pesto for pesto baked brie or our super delicious cheesy pesto bread. The possibilities are endless!
Calories: 205kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 280mg, Potassium: 158mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g
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