Pesto Sauce Recipe

Although making pesto sauce seems hard, it’s one of the easiest recipes out there! Really! And believe it or not, a lot of variations on this recipe to make your own!

Basil-cly you need 4 ingredients, or a variation on this:

  1. Basil – or Rocket for example
  2. Oil – Extra Virgin olive oil preferably
  3. Parmesan – or any other hard, strong cheese
  4. Pine nuts – or any other nut that you like!

But let’s KIS (Keep it simple) here and focus on the original Italian Pesto Sauce with basil. But again, feel free to try other ingredients such as rocket or walnuts! We want you to cook, not follow a book!

Pesto Sauce

Techniques you’ll learn with this recipe

  • How to use oil and herbs to make a sauce
  • How chop good, chop it real good!
  • Understand how a Pesto works and use other ingredients you like

With the recipe you want to invest

  • About 5 minutes in total
  • $5 for a 4 person pesto sauce
  • You need a blender or food-processor for this recipe!

Pesto Sauce step-by-step

Ingredients for Pesto Sauce

Ingredient How much Imperial How much Metric
Olive Oil 3.5 ounce 100ml
Garlic 1 clove 1 clove
Fresh basil 7 ounce 250 grams
Roasted Pine nuts 3.5 ounce 100 grams
Grated Parmesan 4 ounce 120 grams
Salt & Pepper A pinch A pinch

Pesto Sauce Guidelines

  • If you want a pesto thicker, for example as a spread, use less oil! This makes the Pesto Sauce thicker and easier to spread on bread
  • If you want your Pesto thinner use more oil. For example to use as a condiment or salad dressing!
  • Instead of basil you can use any other vegetable or lettuce
  • You can substitute the pine nuts with any other nut! Go nuts!
  • Even the Parmesan can be changed with any other old cheese!

Pesto Sauce Cooking Instructions

  1. Take half of the basil and chop in the food processor.
  2. Add the pine nuts, parmesan and garlic and add 1/3 of the oil. Chop!
  3. Add the rest of the basil and chop more! Chop chop!
  4. Now add the rest of the oil! Chop Chop Chop!
  5. Scrap everything from the sides, bottom and where the chopper doesn’t chop.
  6. Give it one more good old chop and add some salt and pepper!
  7. Check if everything is chopped and if you like the consistency
  8. Too thick? Add some oil
  9. Too thin? Add more basil, Parmesan, nuts, or whatever! Or if you don’t have these anymore, just a little of flour mixed with some water will thicken it!