Easy Pesto Recipe Anyone Can Make in 30 Minutes

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This easy pesto recipe is a great choice when you are short on time at dinner.  Lately, I have found myself turning to fast food when I don’t have a lot of time to prepare a homemade dinner.  This isn’t a habit I want to get into so I have decided to make more of an effort to find easy homemade recipes that don’t time a lot of time to make. We often have an excess of fresh herbs in the garden.  Since I enjoy my herbs when they are fresh more than when they are dried, I try to use them when I have them.

Easy Pesto Recipe Anyone Can Make

I found this easy pesto recipe in the book She Cooks, She Scores (reprinted with permission). Pesto is an Italian sauce that’s a great alternative for those that cannot have tomatoes. Pesto ingredients include basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.  It is generally served over pasta and can be a refreshing change from the typical red spaghetti sauce.  The rabbits ate our tomato plants when they were tiny this year so I don’t have any to can.  Pesto sauce is a great way to enjoy pasta when you are pressed for time. Best of all, you can prepare a large batch of this easy pesto sauce recipe and then freeze some for future use.

Yields 4

Serves 2 TBSP

Easy Pesto Recipe

Pesto is generally served over pasta and can be a refreshing change from the typical red spaghetti sauce.  

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients except for the olive oil.
  2. Blend until the ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
  3. With the processor running, add olive oil in slowly.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.



702 cal


76 g


5 g


5 g
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Easy pesto recipe

I prefer my pesto warm so I put it in a pan and on very low heat, heat it up. Then I serve it over pasta.  You don’t need to heat up pesto to enjoy it. You can simply mix it with cooked pasta and serve it that way. Or, you can also spread pesto on bread or use it as a dip. I hope that you’ll make this simple pesto sauce recipe for pasta! You may want to try it with my easy garlic biscuits.

You may want to try this pesto pasta with aubergines (eggplant).

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  1. I freeze my pesto in ice cube trays so I can pull out just what I need to thaw. It adds great flavor to soup too!
  2. I have a ton of parsley and basil in the garden so this would be perfect for an easy dinner!
  3. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says
    I love pesto, but I've never tried making it--it's time :)
  4. Sounds wonderful.  I usually buy my pesto, but think I will attempt this easy recipe.  Thanks so much for posting!  New to your blog and plan to be back.  
  5. I love simple recipes that taste great! This pesto sauce looks good!
  6. Maryann D. says
    I love Pesto Sauce but I have never made it myself as of yet.  This looks great and my daughter would eat it also since she is Vegan.
  7. I am growing 5 kinds of basil this summer and now I will make some pesto. We love basil and pesto now!
  8. Can't wait until basil really comes in up here!   Only a tiny bit each week so far. :(
  9. I love pesto sauce, thank you for the recipe!!
  10. I have basil in a pot on my deck. I will be making this soon!


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