How to make pesto sauce from scratch.

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!