How to Make Pesto

Learn how to make delicious, homemade pesto in 10 minutes.

Make our Classic Pesto in just two easy steps—it makes a savory sauce for pastas, tops pizzas perfectly, and can also be used in soups, sandwiches or an endless array of tasty dishes. 

What you’ll need:
  • Ingredients for Classic Pesto
  • Blender or food processor
  • Rubber spatula
How to:

1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Cover and set to medium speed.
2. Blend for about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula until smooth. Use pesto immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 5 days. How-to-Make-Pesto_02
Expert tips: 
  • You can also freeze pesto for up to 1 month.
  • Firmly pack basil leaves in measuring cup to ensure you’re using enough basil.
  • Place plastic wrap directly on surface of pesto to help prevent it from darkening in refrigerator or freezer.
  • Thaw frozen pesto in refrigerator or place in resealable food-storage plastic bag with frozen pesto in container of hot water until thawed. Do not microwave to thaw because pesto will lose flavor.

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