Classic Pesto Sauce Recipe

Freeze this classic pesto sauce and enjoy it all year long!

Summer 2012

  • Classic Pesto Sauce
    A few hours in the kitchen and you'll have enough of this pesto sauce to last all year.
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  • Classic Pesto Sauce

Total Hands-On Time: 20 min

Preparation Time: 20 min

Yield: 1/2 Pint

The perfect accompaniment to tomatoes, my summers wouldn‘t be complete without at least a half dozen pesto-paloozas in the kitchen. Discipline yourself to harvest the basil, pick off the stems, and keep that food processor whirring until you’ve got a freezer full of little gleaming green jars. You’ll pat yourself on the back the rest of the year each time you pull one out to make pizza.


• 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
• 2 garlic cloves
• 2 cups packed basil leaves, washed and dried
• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
• 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar or lemon juice (optional)


1. Combine the nuts and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until crumbly.

2. Add the basil, oil, salt, pepper, and cheese. Process until smooth, scraping down the bowl once or twice.

3. Stir in the vinegar or lemon juice which will brighten the flavor and maintain the bright green color of the pesto in storage.

4. Use within a week, or freeze in 1/2 pint plastic freezer canning jars (the Ball jars with the purple lids are perfect).