Blondie’s Pesto Sauce

A great pesto sauce that can be used with your favorite pasta or with turkey sliders. Be warned though, pine nuts are kind of expensive!

Blondie's Pesto Sauce

Am I the only one who finds store-bought Pesto Sauce expensive? If you answered yes to this question then I have a solution for you!

This Pesto Sauce recipe is an easy and more affordable way to make your own in the comfort of your own home.

fresh basil leaves
Fresh Basil Leaves

Depending on how much pine nuts are in your area, it might actually be cheaper to buy your pesto sauce but what fun is that? In any case, I will leave it up to you which one is cheaper if costs are important to you.

The simplest way to toast pine nuts is to add them to a small dry skillet (no oil) and over medium-low and cook them, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes. The pine nuts should be golden brown. Watch them carefully as they can easily burn.

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Nut Allergy Warning

This recipe may contain peanuts or other nuts and seeds as one of its ingredients. Please take the appropriate precautions.

toasted pine nuts

But where does Pesto come from anyway? I was wondering the same thing so I decided to look it up. This article explains it best.

The only kitchen tool you need to pull this recipe off is some kind of food processor or immersion blender to puree all the ingredients together.

In addition to using this sauce with pasta, you can also use it with this Baked Turkey Pesto Sliders recipe.

You will need the following ingredients to make this Pesto Sauce recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Fresh Basil
  • Pine Nuts
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  1. Puree the basil, pine nuts, garlic and salt in a food processor. While pureeing, gradually add olive oil.
  2. Stir in the parmesan cheese and chili flakes.

Printable Recipe Card

pesto sauce

Blondie’s Pesto Sauce

A great pesto sauce that can be used with your favorite pasta or with turkey sliders. Be warned though, pine nuts are kind of expensive!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 4 Cups Fresh Basil
  • Cup Pine Nuts, Toasted
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • ½ Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Instructions
 

  • Puree basil, pine nuts, garlic and salt in a food processor. While pureeing, gradually add olive oil.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese and chili flakes.

Notes

→ This recipe may contain wheat/gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and soy. Please take the necessary precautions.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 3gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 117mgVitamin A: 1270IUVitamin C: 3.1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 1.3mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Jeannine says:

    This Pesto Sauce is great and very tasty. If you like Basil this recipe is a must.