This Homemade Pesto Sauce is simple to make, packed with flavor, and a great way to use up any fresh Basil on hand!
Making pesto has always meant that I buy the store packet of “pesto” and make it that way.
If you have ever tried the store bought mix, you know that it really isn’t too similar to a homemade version. It is much more watery/oily, and the pesto/Basil flavor is not as strong.
Once I grew Basil in my garden last year, I came up with a yummy Pesto, and from there, I now only make my own version. I find that it is much more flavorful and coats the pasta much better.
This version is quite simple. In fact, you can have it ready to go within five minutes!! That is quicker than the store bought mix!!!
Not only is this sauce great on pasta, but it also is wonderful on breads, veggies, used as a dip, and more!
My family especially loves when I add some seasoned, diced chicken into the pasta with this sauce and make it a complete meal!
From my family to yours, enjoy this tasty Pesto Sauce and be sure to let me know what you think!
Note: Recently I was sent a bottle of walnut and almond oil to test out. I ended up subbing the olive oil in the Pesto with walnut oil and it was INCREDIBLE! Added a nice, smooth, robust flavor to the sauce! Check it out HERE!!
Homemade Pesto Sauce
- 1 1/2 cups Basil *fresh
- 4 garlic cloves *minced
- 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
- 1/2 cup olive oil *see note above
- 1 pinch salt
- Add all ingredients to your food processor and blend on high until all is combined and sauce is formed. Add a bit more olive oil if preferred.
- Use on breads, veggies, pastas, and more!
*Recipe updated and republished 5/17/2021 from 6/2013