How to Make Pesto Sauce From Scratch

Rustle up this delicious pesto sauce, toss in some freshly cooked spaghetti and sprinkle with some freshly grated Parmesan for a filling meal in minutes...
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings


  • 2 packed cups fresh basil
  • half cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 handful pine nuts
  • 2-3 peeled garlic cloves
  • third cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch rock salt (or any salt will do)
  • few grinds freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 squeezes fresh lemon juice


  1. Discard any flower stems or stalks, if your basil still has these attached. Then rinse your fresh basil leaves in a colander with some fresh water.
  2. Place the basil, pine nuts and grated Parmesan into a food processor (or suitable bowl if using a hand blender).
  3. Blitz for a few seconds.
  4. Slowly add the olive oil as you continue blending the mixture.
  5. Continue until you have a smoothish pesto sauce consistency
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste and a few squeezes of lemon juice.
  7. Add the salt and pepper to taste and a squeeze or two of lemon juice
  8. Pop into into a mason jar or other suitable container
  9. Hey pesto!