Basil Pesto


  • 2 cups of packed fresh basil leaves
    • You can get a 4 oz box of basil from Trader Joe’s for about $2.50. I used this whole box. Or, if there is an asian grocery nearby, you can get a ton of basil on the cheap there.
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/3 cup of pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup of EVOO (the better the quality of EVOO, the better this will taste!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Blend the basil, garlic and pine nuts in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of the EVOO and blend until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the cheese and remaining oil. Blend again.
  4. Adjust with salt and pepper, as needed.