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Homemade Pesto Recipe

Enjoy the flavor of summer.


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups of tightly packed fresh basil leaves no stem or flowers!
  • 1/4 cup cubed Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup almonds pine nuts, or walnuts
  • Sea salt to taste


  • In a small skillet over medium heat, gently toast the garlic cloves (with their skins still on) until just golden and fragrant.
  • In a high-powered blender or food processor, combine the garlic cloves, basil, Parmesan, olive oil, and almonds. Blend on high until very smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender or food processor if necessary. Personally, I really don’t love chunky pesto, so I make sure to really blend it well.
  • Taste the pesto and season with a small pinch of sea salt, if necessary.
  • Refrigerate or freeze until you need it!