The Best Pesto

This is an exquisite sauce for pasta, spread for sandwiches, or topping for pizza.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1⁄3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, washed and dried thoroughly
  • 1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper


  • Pulse garlic in food processor until finely chopped. Add pine nuts and pulse a few times just to break them into pieces. Scrape side of bowl, add basil, and 1 cup of olive oil over the leaves and pulse until basil is medium chopped (pieces about the size of cooked rice). Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Using a plastic spatula or a wooden spoon, fold in the Parmesan cheese; season with salt and pepper and thin to sauce consistency with the remaining olive oil. It will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.