A classic and simple recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Course: Elements
Keyword: makecaloriesgreatagain, mcga, pesto, pesto sauce
Cooking Method: No Cooking Required
Food Category: Vegetarian
FoodOrDrink: Food
Element: Sauces


  • 2 cups Basil Fresh, packed tight
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Pine nuts You can sub other nut varieties here if you'd like
  • 3 cloves Garlic More of less depending on your love of garlic
  • 1 ea Salt & Pepper To taste


  • Gather your ingredients….. yes, I harvested two entire basil plants from my garden for this. 😉
  • Add everything except the olive oil in a food processor. Process until everything is nicely chopped up.
  • Slowly add the olive oil while continuing to process. Adjust olive oil quantity to meet the desired consistency you want for your pesto.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste. Enjoy!


  • You can store fresh pesto in the fridge for about a week.  If you want to freeze it, put it into a container and add a thin layer of olive oil on top.
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