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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 the way you like your pesto. 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, and adding a little pasta water will keep your pesto sauce and pasta moist and fresh. Homemade pesto also freezes well for use later.

Pesto Sauce

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  • Ready in: about 20 minutes
  • Serves: 6
  • Complexity: easy
Pesto Sauce


  • 1.5 cups fresh basil
  • .25 cup pine nuts
  • 2 gloves garlic
  • .5 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • .5 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.

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