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Easy Basil Pesto

This easy basil pesto is vegetarian, low waste, unique, and delicious! You can whip it up in about 15 minutes and only takes 5-6 ingredients!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy basil pesto recipe, fresh basil pesto recipe, homemade basil pesto recipe


  • Blender or Food Processor


  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, shredded
  • 1/3 cups pepitas
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil (-1 tbsp. if using hemp oil)
  • 1 tbsp. hemp oil (optional)


  • Add everything to the blender or food processor except the parmesan and olive oil.
  • Add half of the oil and blend on a low setting. Add more oil until the blades are moving smoothly.
  • Add more oil if needed to reach desired consistency.
  • Blend on high until it is a smooth paste.
  • On a low/medium speed, add the parmesan until blended.
  • Store in a glass jar with a little oil on top to preserve it. Will keep in fridge for about 5 days. Or put it in a silicone ice cube tray and freeze it. Will last up to 4 months frozen.


If you omit the hemp oil, simply do a full 1/2 cup of olive oil.