5-Minute Homemade Pesto

Put all that garden-fresh basil to good use with this healthy homemade pesto recipe that seriously only takes 5 minutes to make. Whip up a batch for your next seasonal dish, or triple a batch and keep in your freezer to have on hand whenever you need it! Making healthy pesto has never been easier.

Homemade pesto in a dish with pine nuts in the background.

Did you know, in order to make the best pesto ever all you need is a food processor, 5 ingredients, and 5 minutes?! We’re serious.

If we had to suggest one small kitchen appliance to invest in, it would definitely be a food processor, hands down! Here’s the food processor we have in the Fit Foodie Finds kitchen. Just think of all the amazingness you’ll be able to make, including:

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Pine nuts and parmesan in dishes surrounded by basil.

The list goes on. And includes homemade PESTO! One of our go-to sauces, marinades and dips, especially when we can get it fresh and local in the summer in Minnesota. Now let’s get into how EASY this pesto recipe is to make.

How to Make Homemade Pesto

You’ll need:

  • Fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • Garlic (preferably fresh, but you can definitely use pre-minced if it’s all you have on hand)
  • Pine nuts
  • Parmesan (optional as well, but you know how much we love cheese over here)

Then you just whip it up in your food processor. And whip some more. And a bit more until you get your desired consistency. For some pasta sauces, we prefer a finer pesto, but with a marinade, it’s nice to have a little bit bigger chunks. Again, totally your call!

And viola. You’ve got pesto in just 5 minutes, mis amigos!

Basil and pine nuts in a food processor. Homemade basil pesto in a dish with a spoonful in the foreground.
Recipe

5 Minute Pesto

Put all that garden-fresh basil to good use with this healthy homemade pesto recipe that seriously only takes 5 minutes to make. Whip up a batch for your next seasonal dish, or triple a batch and keep in your freezer to have on hand whenever you need it! Making healthy pesto has never been easier.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 1 heaping cup of pesto 1x
Category: Condiments
Method: No-Bake
Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed basil leaves, fresh
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a small food processor and process for about a minute, or until all ingredients have pureed together.
  2. If your pesto is too thick, add more olive oil by the teaspoon.

Notes

  • Feel free to double or triple this recipe if you are using this pesto for another recipe or if you have a bigger food processor!
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