Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe and Preserving
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Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe

Enjoy garden fresh basil with this easy homemade basil pesto recipe. Taking only a few minutes to prepare this recipe can be consumed immediately or preserved to be enjoyed at a later date. Also, do not forget to give the other pesto options found in this blog a try!


  • 4 cups fresh Basil packed
  • 4 cloves fresh Garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked Peppercorn
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup warm Water optional


  • In a food processor chop basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper for 10 seconds.
  • Using a measuring cup combine olive oil and water.
  • With the food processor on, slowly add the oil mixture until thoroughly blended.
  • Serve immediately or preserve for later consumption.


Adding warm water creates a lighter version to the more traditional recipe. 
How to preserve this homemade basil pesto, or other pesto recipes mentioned, refer to Preserving Homemade Pesto in this article.