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Classic pesto pasta with fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese... Ready in 20 minutes so one of my best last minute dinner ideas!

Classic Italian Basil Pesto Recipe

My classic basil pesto recipe or how to make the best pesto at home! Needless to say that fresh pasta is best friends with this basil pesto.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 (1 cup)
Calories per serving 282 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 handfuls fresh basil
  • 2 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 3 oz parmesan cheese (85 g), grated
  • ¾ cup olive oil (180 ml)
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly rinse the fresh basil. Let it dry on a clean kitchen towel. Then add the basil and chopped garlicto a blender.


  2. Classic pesto pasta with fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese... Ready in 20 minutes so one of my best last minute dinner ideas!
  3. Pulse well until you get a rough crumble. Now add the pine nuts and the grated parmesan cheese. Season with a little pinch of pepper and salt.


  4. Classic pesto pasta with fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese... Ready in 20 minutes so one of my best last minute dinner ideas!
  5. Blend well into a crumbly puree. Then gradually add the olive oil.


  6. Classic pesto pasta with fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese... Ready in 20 minutes so one of my best last minute dinner ideas!
  7. Pulse in between additions until you get the pesto consistency that you like best.

  8. Classic pesto pasta with fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese... Ready in 20 minutes so one of my best last minute dinner ideas!
  9. In the end check the seasoning and add extra pepper, salt, parmesan cheese or pine nuts to taste if necessary. Put the freshly made basil pesto in the fridge until needed later on.