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Homemade Pesto recipe

Pesto alla Genovese (Traditional Basil Pesto Recipe from Genoa)

  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 (about 250ml/1 cup) 1x


8-minute easy recipe for homemade pesto, or Pesto Genovese, the basil pesto that we love so much! Click here also, for ideas on how to use pesto.


  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 60g (2oz) pine nuts
  • 3 handfuls fresh basil leaves
  • 150ml (3/5 cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • 3Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated pecorino cheese
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a food chopper, start with chopping the garlic and pine nuts for a few seconds.
  2. Add the basil leaves and half the olive oil and continue chopping for about 20 seconds more.
  3. Add the cheeses, salt, pepper and a little more olive oil and chop again.
  4. Scrape down the sides and add more olive oil if you need it and chop one last time to incorporate everything together. You are going for a paste that is just pourable and thick.
  • Category: Sauces
  • Cuisine: Italian