Basic Pesto Recipe


Pesto is a quick and easy sauce you can use on many things from pasta to green beans. You can make pesto from other greens besides basil (for example, mustard greens) and use a variety of nuts from pine nuts, pecans to walnuts. What is key to a good pesto is to toast the nuts.


  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces, toasted
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste


  1. In a food processor, blend together all ingredients without oil and then add oil and blend until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate leftover Pesto up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.


If you want parmesan cheese, just sprinkle on each portion you use.

Oilve oil can be cut by 25% and could go 50% when replacing basil with mustard greens.

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