Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipe

July 30, 2014

This year my daughter and her friend planted basil on Earth Day back in April.  They planted the basil from seeds and and it grew into large basil plants.  To use it up I decided to make Pesto Sauce.

Below is the basil planted from seeds and it grew so big.

I picked 2 cups of fresh basil leaves to make the pesto sauce.

I made tortellini pasta with the Pesto Sauce.  You can use any kind of pasta you like!

This pesto sauce tastes so amazing and I made it for my family two times already!

Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipe

Makes 1 cup


2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper to taste


Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times.  Stop and scrap down the sides with a plastic spatula.  Done.

Serve over cooked pasta.

Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Ways to Follow Julie's Lifestyle


All of my recipes and crochet/knit creations are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there too! 

Thanks everyone and Enjoy!



  1. I am excited to try this out, I have always wanted to make pesto sauce!

  2. Wow, that easy, I had no idea Julie. I have just purchased my first ever blender this week because I wanted to make smoothies and soups. I have basil growing in a pot outside that I grew from seeds too. I am delighted to add your recipe to my so far small recipe list for my new blender. Thanks for sharing x

  3. We love fresh basil so I'm sure we would love this. I've never made it but now I want to try it! Would be so great fresh out of the garden! Hugs!

  4. Oh I love pesto and will have to try your recipe. I love ther mix a bit with mayonaisse to make pesto may and use it on paninis. A little pesto mayo, a couple slices turkey, muenster cheese, and roasted red peppers...yum! I love them. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

    Blessings, Vicky

  5. Mmmm! I love homemade pesto. Thank you for sharing your recipe. =) Blessings, Valerie

  6. Thank you for the recipe I will be trying this for sure. :)

  7. Oh this looks so good. I love Basil. Thanks for linking your fun tutorial at Count Down to Christmas. That was a great idea to share that. I would love to make some for my kids at school. See it isn't too early to think about it! Gives us time to get things done! Thanks for linking. Come back next week. Tell your friends!

  8. Oh I wish there was a taste button on my computer! :) Thank you for sharing.
    I hope you are enjoying the summer.

  9. My son's MIL made us pesto for a holiday gift last year. Oh my my my, that was GOOD!! I love pesto. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  10. Hi Julie,
    How delightful that you daughter grew the basil that you are creating this amazing dish with! It must mean a lot to her to enjoy meals made with her basil plantings. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious homemade pesto sauce recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I am pinning and sharing this yummy recipe!

  11. Thank you Julie! Now I know what to do with my extra basil. It looks delicious.

  12. Love a good pesto. It makes your pasta taste so much lighter and fresher for a summer meal. I have so much basil growing that I am going to be making some pesto soon. Thanks for the recipe and linking up to the Be. YOU. tiful link party!

  13. Good Morning Julie, I love pesto and like your daughter, I grow a lot of basil to use in my cooking and to make pesto. Basil is an amazing plant, given the right conditions it just grows and grows. Some years the plants yield a lot of basil and other years not so much..... it is all down to our English weather.
    Have a lovely weekend.....can you believe it is 1st August.... where did July go?
    Best wishes

  14. My Gramma use to make this, and the recipe was lost and now you've shared it. Thank you sooooooooooo much! I have a Recipe linky on Friday. Won't you share yours with my readers too? Looking forward to seeing you there. Have a nice weekend.

  15. I used to make this when I was a cook at the hospital for patients. I never tried it personally.

  16. I grew up in an Italian neighborhood and Irish too. Therefore, I adore Italian food and now I'm dying for this cappeletti with pesto sauce...almost my fave!
    Thanks for sharing sweet friend.
    Have a great weekend.

  17. Oh, yum! What a lovely way to use up your basil! I do love your photo borders, too - how sweet! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe! Hugs xo Karen

  18. G'day! Thanks for sharing via our #SayGdayParty! YUM! Pinned
    Please make sure to come back, leaving comments on some people who also attended the party and of course we hope you are following us on Pinterest!
    Cheers! Joanne @What's On The List

  19. I love Pesto! Pinning this Julie. My pest usually does fabulous, but not doing that well this year. DARN! thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. I never knew how to make this Julie! Looks so good! Thanks!

  21. The sauce looks amazing! Way better than what I get in the jar, LOL!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe, now I can make fresh.

  22. Oh, your pesto sauce looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)
    And thank you so much for stopping by to see my crocheted rug. I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful week!

  23. I absolutely LOVE pesto! YUM!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  24. Whoo this looks great Julie, love pasta so need to try :)

    Thanks for linking up #CreativeMondays

  25. I love fresh basil! The plants do get so big that I've dried mine for potato soup in the winter. I'll have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark Link Party, I hope you'll join us again tomorrow.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

  26. Yummy pesto! I would love to try this!

    Thanks for linking up to our Betwitchin Party! Be sure to come back every Sunday starting at 6am EST over at OurMiniFamily.com to link up your projects again! 

    ~Cathy Mini~

  27. OOH! I love this. I have basil in my garden and this pesto doesn't call for nuts, which we can't have. Pinned and ecstatic! Thanks.

  28. Oh, I like this version of pesto, (no nuts so less expensive to make!)... I will give this a try! Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. Please join in again next week :)

  29. I can imagine that pesto tasted delicious! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  30. Beautiful basil! Mine didn't come up so well this year. I'm going to try again! Thanks for sharing with the Merry Monday Linky Party!

  31. Delicious homemade pesto, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning

  32. We appreciate you linking up at Teach Me Tuesday last week! Thank you so much!! Hope to see you again this week!!


    Have a great day!

  33. This sounds great and so healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

  34. Nothing better than homemade pesto! Love your recipe. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee


Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comments always make me happy.