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Fresh Basil Pesto

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  • Author: Kathleen | Roots & Boots
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Spreads


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/3 cup nuts (pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt This is my favorite brand. Get 15% off with code KEEPITREAL.
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add basil and nuts to a food processor and pulse several times.
  2. Add garlic and cheese and pulse several more times.
  3. Scrape down the sides.
  4. While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the olive oil. Pause as necessary to scrape down the sides of the food processor.
  5. Finally, add salt and pepper. Taste and add more if necessary.


A word about nuts…I use whatever I have on hand, always making sure to soak and dry them first to avoid the anti-nutrients found in raw nuts. Find instructions for making your own crispy nuts here.

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