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basil pesto made at home with basil, garlic, pecorino cheese, pine nuts and olive oil
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5 from 7 votes

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto is easy and quick to make at home, all you will need is basil, pine nuts, Pecorino cheese, garlic and olive oil. Fantastic pasta sauce recipe!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people


  • 60 g Basil leaves
  • 60 g Extra virgin olive oil
  • 30 g Pine nuts
  • 20 g Grated Pecorino cheese
  • 10 g Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Set up your food processor with the smallest bowl available as it will be easier to blitz.
  • Place inside the basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and some seasoning.
  • Blitz using the PULSE button, the result should look like a finely chopped basil and nuts, not a paste.
  • Decant into a larger bowl, add the grated Pecorino and mix well.
  • Adjust the seasoning to taste




Using a food processor is the quickest way, but if not available, you can opt for an old school pestle and mortar,.
Alternatively finely chop the basil, garlic and pine nuts with a chef knife, before adding the oil and cheese.
Allergens: MILK, NUTS
Suitable for vegetarians, Gluten Free