Basil Pesto Recipe
A great way to add to your five plus a day!

This basil pesto recipe is very simple to make. It can be prepared in a food processor, in a blender, with mortar and pestle or by using a mixing wand.

Pesto is of Italian origin. Originally made with pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, olive oil and basil it can be adapted depending on what herbs you have at hand.

This pesto recipe is one of my favourite spreads on homemade breads and rolls or wraps. You can also break the tradition of sweet pancakes and fritters and top them with pesto. A quick and delicious dip suggestion is to add pesto to sour cream, yoghurt, cream cheese or quark. 

Pesto is so easy to prepare with many flavour combinations possible. Variations can be in the choice of herb, cheese, the type of nuts or adding some olives.

Basil Pesto

Basil pesto

This pesto is an all time favourite. As a spread on freshly baked bread, mashed with an avocado mixed under pasta with vegetables or to refine a salad dressing.


Makes enough to fill a 190 ml glass. Just expand the recipe for more.

olive oilOlive oil
parmesan cheeseParmesan
black pepperBlack Pepper
Himalayan crystal saltSalt

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  • 2 cups of fresh basil
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put the washed basil, peeled garlic and olive oil into one container and blend it with a wandmixer until smooth.
  2. Add the pine nuts, blend it under and then add the grated parmesan cheese.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy its many uses!

We would love to hear about how you liked the basil pesto recipe and how you liked to serve it.

Sometimes the time of year is not right and basil is scarce on the farmer markets and in our garden, but you may have easier access to parsley then check out the parsley pesto recipes.

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