The Best Classic Pesto

For this recipe, I highly recommend using a mortar and pestle. You will get a much more flavorful pesto!

Total Time
10 minutes
Simple Tasty Recipes


  1. Using a mortar and pestle (highly recommended to use for a more flavorful pesto) add your garlic and a pinch of kosher salt until it turns into a paste.

  2. Start adding you basil in large bunches until it is all crushed into fine pieces.

  3. Add in the raw pine nuts and crush.

  4. Next, add the finely grated Parmigiana-Reggiano and combine in large batches until all is incorporated.

  5. Finally, stir in the extra virgin olive oil about 1 tablespoon at a time. Enjoy with a toasted slice of bread, crackers, pasta, or just by itself!

Ingredients for 2 servings

  • 2 cloves
  • Pinch
    Kosher salt
  • Large bunch
    basil (about 2 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon
    raw pine nuts
  • 1 oz.
    Parmigiano-Reggiano (finely grated on a microplane)
  • 1/2 cup
    mild extra virgin olive oil (I used California Olive Ranch XVOO)

Total Time

  • Preparation Time
    10 minutes

Suggested Equipment


Using a mortar & pestle will elevate your recipes to the next level.

This recipe makes about 1/2 cup pesto. If you are looking to share with a group of people or want this for pasta, I would recommend doubling the recipe.

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