• Makes 2.5
  • 15 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 6 Ingredients


Toasting the pine nuts adds depth to the pesto and the freshness of the basil is just divine.

Ingredients (makes 2.5 cups)

  • 125g Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup basil leaves, tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Pound all ingredients except oil in a mortar and pestle until finely pounded. (alternatively place in food processor)
  2. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, carefully mixing and pounding until fully incorporated and thickened.
  3. Serve with past of your choice, dolloped on pizza or any other way you desire.


Keeps well in a jar in the fridge for up to two weeks. Alternatively place in zip-lock bags in the freezer and make when basil is plentiful in the garden and you will have lovely pesto year round.

  • Never made my own pesto before. Don’t know why as I use a bit of the jarred stuff. I really should get onto making it


  • Sounds great looks good pesto is a great base thanks


  • I like this recipe i use all sorts of nuts if i dont want to use just pine nuts thanks very much


  • I love pesto and that looks so easy to make.


  • You cant beat a good pesto!


  • Love being able to freeze it – will be making this next time I have a lot of basil.


  • Thank you for the hint about it being able to be frozen so handy.


  • Yum! I love pesto, i just wish my husband did too. ☹️


  • Thanks for this great Pesto recipe.


  • It’s super easy, give it a go.


  • This is something I’ve never tried making before. Would sure love to try this, looks very yummy!


  • Loving the look of the pesto. Yum. I like your idea of freezing the surplus.


  • Home made perfection. Lovely photo pic as well. thanks for sharing.


  • Love a good pesto – pesto is so versatile and yummy. Always love the look of a beautiful green pesto.

    • I love pesto on pizza – gives a pizza an extra kick and taste.

      • I love it on a pizza as well, just adds a little something extra.


  • Mama’s pesto would be perfect with so many recipes,thank-you!


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