This is the classic pesto recipe with Basil and Pine Nuts, but cashews and almonds make a great substitute with a little extra oil.

Basil Garlic Pesto

Basil Garlic Pesto


  • 2 cups Basil, tightly packed
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic
    • Light = 5 cloves
    • Mid = 10 cloves
    • Extreme = 20+ cloves


Basil Garlic Pesto

Basil Garlic Pesto served with home made bread, dips and cherry tomatoes

How to make it

  • Peel garlic, wash basil
  • Put everything in the blender
  • Blend, scrape, blend, scrape
  • Serve!

Tips & Alternatives

  • Add spinach or any green leafy vegetable to make your mixture go further.
  • Pesto can quickly become a vegetable dip – add to the blender eggplant, mushrooms, chickpeas, olives or sun dried tomatoes for some variety.
  • Peanuts or cashews will work in place of pine nuts, or to extend the pine nuts which can be quite expensive
  • Keep it in a jar in the fridge and add a teaspoon to stir fry’s or spread some on toast for breakfast or a pre dinner snack


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