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bowl of green pesto

Homemade Pesto in a Blender

  • Author: The Hungry Waitress
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


Making Homemade Pesto in a Blender is an easy way to enjoy this summery sauce. Enjoy Pesto over pasta, sandwiches, or pizza! It's so versatile.


  • 2 cups packed basil leaves, if you don't have enough basil, you can mix in spinach or parsley
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, optional
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Dump the basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, lemon, garlic and salt into a blender.
  2. Pulse the blender while slowly pouring in the olive oil.
  3. Blend for another 30 seconds or so, until everything is thoroughly combined.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pesto, basil pesto, pine nuts, sauce