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5-Minute Homemade Pesto
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5-Minute Homemade Pesto

This 5-minute homemade pesto is made with the classic combination of basil, Parmesan, and pine nuts. It's a great way to use up leftover herbs!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Sauces & Condiments
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: homemade pesto
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Diabetic Foodie


  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup olive oil (extra-virgin)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • Turn your food processor on, then add the garlic cloves while it’s running.
  • Stop the motor, then add the basil, Parmesan, and pine nuts. Pulse a few times until the pine nuts are finely minced.
  • Turn the processor back on, then add the olive oil in a steady stream. Process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


This recipe is for 10 servings of pesto. Each serving is 2 tablespoons.
To try a different combination, you can use any 2 cups of leafy greens, ⅓ cup of nuts, and ½ a cup of a hard cheese.
Leftover pesto can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 0.5mg | Net carbs: 1g