Pesto Sauce Recipe

Pesto is fairly easy to make, and can be used to marinate chicken or salmon.  It also serves as a great sauce for pastas.  Pesto used to intimidate me, but this recipe makes it easy for me or the wife to quickly prepare a sauce for dinner, and the kids really love it.

Pesto Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3-5 Cloves of Garlic (crushed)
  • 1/3 Cup Pine Nuts
  • ½ t Ground Pepper
  • ½ t Salt
  • 2 Cups Fresh Basil (cut up and lightly press down to measure)
  • ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)


  1. In a blender, add half the olive oil and all the remaining ingredients.
  2. Start the blender, and continue adding the remainder of the olive oil to help it blend in all the ingredients.
  3. I lean towards the higher end of the garlic scale, and I'll double the Parmesan cheese to get a little thicker consistency.
  4. Make sure you taste it before you start making adjustments though. Try this Salmon Pesto Recipe!


This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week in a tightly sealed container, or can be frozen for longer. But you should top it with a little olive oil to cover, before storing.

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