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The exact proportions of this recipe can be altered however you like, if you want more oil add a little more, more Parmesan, etc. You should alter this recipe to taste how you like your pesto.

Pesto Sauce

4.0/5 rating (1 votes)
  • Serves: 6
  • Complexity: easy
Pesto Sauce


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/4-cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2-cup olive oil
  • 1 cup pasta water


1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

2. Mix pesto and pasta adding reserved pasta water slowly until desired consistency is reached

When using this pesto as a pasta sauce, be sure to reserve some of the water from cooking the pasta. Pesto has a tendency to make pasta a little dry, adding a little pasta water will keep your pesto sauce and pasta moist and fresh. Homemade pesto also freezes well for use later.

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