Fresh Pesto Sauce

As I mentioned yesterday, I made some nom-tastic pesto recently for lunch.  Pesto is such a simple yet flavorful sauce and it's super easy to whip up for any time so I wanted to share my recipe with you.  It makes enough for two pounds of pasta.  The pre-packaged pasta you get at the grocery store comes in one-pound boxes so, essentially, this will be enough for about two boxes.  Enjoy!

What You Need:
2 c. chopped fresh basil leaves
2 sprigs of parsley, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/2 c. pine nuts
3/4 to 1 c. olive oil (I don't like my pesto very oily so I use a little less than 3/4 c.)
1/2 grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (you can use regular Parmesan but, trust me, Reggiano is so much better!)
1/2 tsp. pepper

What You Do:
1. Combine all the ingredients in the blender for a few seconds.  If it's too dry and not blending well, add a bit more olive oil.

2. Push everything down with a rubber spatula then blend again for a few seconds more.  Continue doing this until all the ingredients are well-combined and the sauce is fairly thin but not liquified.  You want it to have a gel-like consistency.

3. Cook whatever pasta you're using according to the directions provided.  When you drain the pasta, reserve about 1 cup of the starchy pasta water.

4. Return the pasta to the pot and add pesto.  If the pesto is too thick or not mixing well, add the reserved starchy pasta water a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency.  Serve with a little grated Reggiano on top and enjoy!

Note: When I make this recipe, I usually freeze half of it to use another time.  One half-batch of sauce with one pound of pasta is enough for about 4 people.


  1. i have a pesto obsession. i will be trying your recipe.

  2. I am definitely going to have to try this! I'm allergic to pine nuts, but I love finding/making pest without ;)

  3. Yum, pesto is so easy and simple. I'll make it on a busy night and there won't be any left over to save

  4. and now all i can think about is making pesto!

  5. this looks so yummy!!!! totally going ti make it! thanks for sharing

  6. Fresh pesto is the best!!! So glad you shared this :) XO brynn

  7. Sounds sooo good! I am going to try this for sure!

  8. one of my favorite go-to meals! I can still remember the 1st time I tried pesto...years ago. That's how much I love the darn stuff: I can remember the day we met:-) xoxo

  9. This sounds divine. I'm a big time pesto lover!

    - Sarah

  10. stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to leave you a little blog luv! Def enjoyed reading this post!!that looks amazing!! would def love for you to guest post sometime for me!


  11. I love pesto sauce!!! That looks so yum :)

  12. Looks delicious! definitely going to make it! Thanks for sharing ;)

  13. YUM. Yum yum YUM. I adore pesto.

    Will be making this in the coming week...thank you for allowing me to not have to think about what to make for dinner for at least one day!

    xo Taylor

  14. Fresh pesto is one of my favorite things! So yummy! I will give your recipe a shot next time I attempt to make it :)

  15. This looks delicious! I HAVE to pin this. :)

  16. looks absolutely delicious! pretty bowl too!


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