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Lemon basil pest on a spoon coming out of a jar

Easy Homemade Lemon Basil Pesto

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x


Herby basil, salty parmesan cheese, nutty pistachios, garlic, lemon, and olive oil blended into this incredible sauce that comes together in less than 5 minutes. Use if for topping on pizza, pasta, sandwiches or soups.


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsps pistachios


  1. Add the basil, parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the bowl of a food processor and pulse on high while streaming in the olive oil until fully combined into a smooth, slightly chunky sauce.
  2. Add in the pistachios and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  3. Serve as a dip, or topping on pizza, pasta, or sandwiches


  1. This pesto can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
  2. For a vegan version, swap out the parmesan with vegan parmesan cheese. 
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pesto recipe, basil