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Homemade Pesto Recipe

Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Author: Yummy Addiction


  • 2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove , cut into several pieces
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Gently wash basil leaves (the stems should be discarded) and dry on paper towels. Don't rub them. Set aside.
  • To make the pesto, pound the garlic with salt in a mortar and pestle until smooth. Add pine nuts and keep pounding until crushed and creamy. Add the basil leaves (in batches) and start crushing them by pressing and rotating the pestle against the walls of the mortar. Pound, until you have a thick green paste.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese. Gradually add the olive oil to the mixture as you pound. Mix everything well till the olive oil is evenly distributed.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.