Easy Pesto Sauce

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Easy Pesto Sauce really is easy.  Really.

And on top of that, it is SO incredibly fresh and delicious. Learn more about the humble origins of this iconic Italian sauce here..

It is perfect on pasta or as a spread on your favorite sandwich.  Its uses are practically endless!

Food processor pesto sauce in a white bowl with a head of garlic nearby.


All you need is a small-to-medium food processor, or a blender, to make this delicious pesto sauce at home.

Watch us show you how to make Easy Pesto Sauce…Pronto!


In addition to salt, there are only 5 ingredients to make pesto sauce in your food processor, or blender:

  • Fresh basil
  • Garlic
  • Pine nuts
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil

Basil, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor for pesto sauce.


Be sure to use fresh basil when making this sauce.

Keep the fresh pesto sauce in an air-tight container in your refrigerator for up to 1 week.

You can also double, or triple, the pesto sauce and freeze for future use.


We honestly use this sauce in, or on, so many dishes.

One of our favorite sandwiches in the world is our Italian-Style Paninis…within homemade Easy Pesto Sauce.

Crazy delicious!

Italian-style panini is best served on a cutting board with a cold beer nearby.

And, of course, fresh pesto is amazing when paired with pasta.

It’s wonderful warm or room temperature.


When I’m making pesto to be served with pasta, such as our Spaghetti with Pasta, I blanch the basil first by simmering the fresh leaves for about 1 minute in boiling water, then transfer them to an ice batch. For the warm pasta dish, the blanching gives the pesto a milder basil flavor, which we feel works best for the dish.

But, for a sandwich spread, the food processor/blender version is perfect.

Pesto spaghetti served in a large white pasta bowl with shredded parmesan on top.

Another way we love it is on a pizza!

Use pesto sauce in place of a traditional tomato sauce, and you will just love the taste.

You will flip for our BLT Pizza (with pancetta, pesto, tomatoes and arugula). So good!

Pizza with Pancetta, Tomatoes and Arugula

Now, it’s time to make this at home and have FUN in the kitchen!

Go for it!

Mmmmm…Fresh Pesto!

Easy Pesto Sauce in a food processor.

Food processor pesto sauce in a small white bowl.

Easy Pesto Sauce

Easy Pesto Sauce really is easy. Perfect for pasta or sandwiches, or on a pizza! So packed with flavor and so easy!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Italian
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Basil, pesto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 218kcal


  • Food processor, or blender


  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1.75 oz pine nuts about 3 tbsp
  • 1 tsp garlic minced (about 2 to 3 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup quality olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • In a food processor (or blender) add the basil, pine nuts, and garlic and process until thoroughly chopped. Remove the lid and scrape the sides of the mixture back down into the base of the processor, or blender.
  • Place the lid back on, and with the motor running, slowly add the olive oil through the feed tube. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Turn off the motor.
  • Add the cheese and salt and pulse until just combined.
  • Keep in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.


Calories: 218kcal
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  • 5 stars
    Thank you. I pin so many of your recipes! They are all so easy to follow and so delicious.
    After visiting Italy last year (before Covid) , I’m looking forward to making the potato, string bean, pesto recipe now that I will have fresh basil coming up in garden.
    I need the wonderful memories of Italy paired with a comfort dish I so remembered.
    Thank you, love you guys.
    —Mary McK

    • Hi Mary!!! Sorry for the delayed response! That is so wonderful to hear! Ah…memories of Italy…that is something we could all use during these difficult times. We think you’ll enjoy the potato, string bean, and pesto salad. It’s so summery and so good! Thank you so much and we send lots and lots of love back to you!! xoxoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Perfect Kris & Wesley! My fav! Sometimes I’ll add a little butter and mascarpone for a creamy sauce.

    • Thanks, Marilyn!!! A little butter and mascarpone!! YES!! Now you are talking’!!!! Miss you guys but looks like everything is going GREAT!!!! xoxox

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