Making Pesto Sauce From Basil

August 16, 2017

I love growing basil each summer.  It's so easy to plant and it grows very fast.  A few years ago I did a blog post on making pesto sauce from the basil seeds that we planted.

This year I bought the little basil plant (shown above) from Home Depot's garden section and planted it in a large container.

It's so easy to make pesto sauce, and below are all the ingredients you need to make your own.  Some recipes call for pine nuts, but I leave them out of my recipe.

I added the ingredients to my NutriBullet, and then blended it for a few seconds.

**  If you do not have a NutriBullet, you can blend yours in the blender or food processor.

Below you can see how it's blended in the NutriBullet.

The pesto sauce can be made in minutes!  Below you can find the recipe to make your own Pesto Sauce.

Yield: 1 cup

Homemade Pesto Sauce

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 30 mins
You can make this easy homemade pesto sauce using fresh basil leaves.


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse for a few times.
  2. Stop and scrape down the sides with a plastic spatula. Done!
  3. Serve over cooked pasta.
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Below you will find a chart for how long you can keep Pesto in the refrigerator or freezer.

I made the pesto sauce and then added it to Rotini pasta.  This pesto pasta dish tasted so good and fresh.  It's perfect for a summer dinner, and it can be used as a side dish to chicken, fish, and meat.

I hope you enjoy making and eating pesto sauce as much as we do!

Thanks everyone for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

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Thanks everyone and enjoy!



  1. I love it. I usually serve it when I make minestrone soup...and serve it with crusty Italian bread...soooo good! xo Diana

  2. Thanks so much for the recipe. I love Pesto sauce.

    Hope all is well with you - have a great weekend. It's a little cooler here - yea yea yea.


  3. I have never had pesto sauce so this is a great post for me! Thanks Julie!

  4. Pesto sauce is delish and I use to make my own but after buying the pine nuts (which I like) I realized it's cheaper to buy ready made and just as good. Your version sounds like it might be worth a try though. I didn't grow any basil this year and in fact my veggie garden has been a bust but definitely next year it's on my radar. As you said, so easy to grow.

    Have a great weekend Julie!

  5. I just love making pesto out of fresh basil! In the winter I use store bought spinach and it is pretty good too. I just found a new way to use make chicken salad. Wow, is that good...not sure why I never thought of it before.

  6. Hi Julie! Oh, thank you for the recipe and it looks so yummy. Can you believe I've never made pesto? I'll certainly have to try your recipe. Thank you so much for popping in to see me and hope your summer is going well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. You definitely do make it look easy! I don't know why I never have made it myself, but I've pinned your recipe. The basil is growing in the backyard - I think I have to try it!

    1. Thanks for sharing your recipe at Best of the Weekend, Julie!

  8. oh my what a wonderful taste this would offer yummy

  9. Hi Julie! I love pesto sauce too. Recently our supermarket sells the Italian basil from a local produce. How neat is that! Anyways, will be making yours as it doesn't have pine nuts (can't get them here).
    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
    Ping xo

  10. Yum! Thanks for sharing, Julie! I think I could make this! xo Karen

  11. Pinned it. Homemade pesto sauce beats store-bought any day of the week!

  12. I didn't know you made Pesto Sauce from basil! I don't grow many herbs myself. The last one I had died. Oops. Thanks for sharing this at Sweet Inspiration!

  13. MMMM I love pesto! I think homemade tastes so much better!

  14. Hi Julie,
    I love a great Pesto. We grow our own basil in our herb garden so we are always ready to try a new recipe, this looks awesome! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Hi Julie, I love pesto but have never tried making my own. I planted two basil plants this year and have more that I can use. Can't wait to make it! I'll have to freeze some as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. It looks amazing on that pasta! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  17. What a lovely recipe Julie. I need to start growing my own herbs :) Thanks for sharing at the Creative Monday linkup

  18. You can't beat homemade pesto, can you Julie? Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us at #overthemoon link party and have a great weekend.

  19. This looks very similar to my pesto recipe except that I add nuts. Pine nuts are traditional but I often sub out almonds. I love to add a spoonful to chicken salad! Thank you for linking up with the Blended Blog!

  20. There is nothing quite like homemade pesto. I have a ton of basil in the herb garden right now too. I should make a batch!


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