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Basil Pesto in a Small White Dish Beside Half a Lemon

Homemade Basil Pesto

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian


This fresh homemade Basil Pesto is made with pecans instead of pine nut to give it some extra body, but the same great herby flavor!


  • 2 cups fresh packed basil
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil (or 2/3 cup depending on the type of consistency you like)
  • 1/3 cup of shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Blend basil, pecans, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil till smooth.
  3. Once completely blended stir in the parmesan cheese.

Keywords: homemade pesto, pesto genovese, basil pesto