Stupid-Easy Recipe for Speedy Fresh Basil Pesto (#1 Top-Rated)


Making pesto from scratch isn’t much harder than opening a jar of store-bought, but it’s light-years beyond in terms of fresh deliciousness. This version includes a touch of lemon zest, a refreshing note that you don’t find in typical recipes. Once you’re familiar with the recipe, it’s easy to experiment with other herb combinations: Toss in a few sprigs of fresh mint or swap some of the basil with fresh parsley or cilantro. The quantities here make enough for 8 ounces of pasta and can be easily doubled.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Speedy Fresh Basil Pesto.

1. Info for Speedy Fresh Basil Pesto

  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Servings: 4
  • Calories: 343.69 kcal

2. Ingredients for Speedy Fresh Basil Pesto

  • fresh basil leaves
  • garlic
  • pine nuts
  • salt
  • grated lemon zest
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • grated Parmesan cheese

3. Directions:

  1. Put basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, and lemon zest in a food processor. Pulse to create a coarse puree, scraping down inside of bowl as needed.
  2. Slowly add olive oil to basil mixture, with processor running.
  3. Add Parmesan and process again until smooth.
  4. Serve pesto on pasta, grilled eggplant and zucchini, swirled into vegetable or bean soup, or as a sandwich spread. To store, transfer to small bowl, press a piece of plastic wrap onto surface, and store in refrigerator up to 3 days.