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Pesto made in a pestle and mortar in a spoon

Pesto Genovese

So easy to make Homemade Pesto Genovese, using a Mortar and Pestle or with food processor instructions. Fresh Italian Sauce made with only 5 ingredients!
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Homemade Pesto, Pesto Genovese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 ½ cups Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ¼ cup Pine Nuts toasted
  • ¾ cups grated Parmigiano Reggiano Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Pesto in Pestle and Mortar

  • Place the pine nuts, basil, garlic cloves into a pestle and mortar, and pound it all together, grinding it until it's a paste.
  • Add the olive oil and cheese and mix together. Salt and pepper to taste.

Food Processor Pesto

  • Place basil and garlic into the food processor.
  • Pulse for about 30 seconds.Add Pine Nuts and process for another 30 seconds.
  • Throw in the Hard Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano) and pulse until mixed.
  • Slowly drizzle in the Italian Olive Oil while food processor is running, until the Pesto is combined.
  • Season and serve.