Classic Pesto Sauce

It doesn’t get much better than this herby, cheesy, fresh pesto sauce. If you usually just buy your pesto in a jar from the grocery store, you will be amazed at how easy it actually is to make yourself!

Why You’ll Love This Pesto

-it can be made in less than 10 minutes

-it is a super versatile: it can be used on multiple dishes like pasta, pizza, roasted veggies, sandwiches.

-nutritious and delicious

-made with only 6-ingredients

Health Benefits of Fresh Basil

Rich in anti-inflammatory properties: Fresh basil contains anti-inflammatory properties from the essential oils eugenol, citronellol and linalool within the leaves.

Fight free radical activity: contains antioxidants that help protect the body against free radical damage.

Contains anti-bacterial properties: Basil contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties to help protect the body against certain harmful microorganisms.

Powerful adaptogen: adaptogens are plants that help the body resist different types of stressors, whether that is physical, emotional or mental stress. They ‘adapt’ to whatever is needed most in the body.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need a food processor or high-powered blender for this recipe!

Fresh Basil Leaves: You will need 1 cup of tightly packed fresh basil. This gives the pesto that classic flavour we’re all looking for in a pesto

Raw walnuts: I like using walnuts instead of pine nuts in my pesto’s, I like the nutty flavour it gives off and you get the added bonus of all the amazing omega-3 fatty acid benefits!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Make sure you get yourself a good quality olive oil, it truly does make a difference not only in taste but in nutritional properties as well. Look for: extra virgin, cold-pressed in a dark coloured glass bottle. This ensures optimal freshness.

Parmigiano-reggiano Cheese: This is another important ingredient in this pesto, because duh- cheese. I really like to use a good quality parmesan in mine but you can also use regular parmesan. I buy mine from Costco, you get a HUGE chunk for around $20.00 and it lasts me a few months!

Fresh Garlic: Garlic is a must for me in just about any savoury dish, it adds such a punch of flavour to anything. I like to use a good amount in mine, but you can change the number of cloves depending on your tolerance and taste.

Lemon juice: Don’t skip the lemon! The lemon juice adds just the right amount of brightness to this pesto. Lemon also acts as a natural preservative, to keep it fresh a little longer.

Salt and Pepper: S&P just boost the flavour of everything else in this sauce. The amount can really be up to you, make sure you are tasting your pesto as you go!

The Recipe


Classic Pesto Sauce


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A classic pesto made with fresh basil, garlic, parmigiano-reggiano, walnuts and lemon juice, all blended in olive oil.
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Prep Time:4 mins
  • Freezable:No

Nutrition per portion

  • 1 cup fresh basil, tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Few dashes of fresh black pepper
  1. In a food processor, add the basil and walnuts. Give them a pulse 2-3 times to roughly chop.
  2. Now add the garlic, lemon juice, parmesan, salt and pepper. Pulse 2-3 more times
  3. Turn on the food processor on low, while its running pour in your olive oil (this helps emulsify everything for a smoother sauce)
  4. Let run for 10-20 seconds until everything is fully combined. You should now have a beautiful bright green sauce!
  5. Top this pesto on just about anything you'd like- pasta, sandwiches, roasted veggies, pizza or as a dip. Whatever your heart desires.ENJOY!

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