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5-Minute Pesto

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This 5-Minute Pesto is one of the most commonly used condiments in our kitchen. Alec & I use it as spread for sandwiches, garnish for cheeseboards, and a light sauce for pasta. Pesto is a healthy substitute for mayo and dressing, and it’s a quick & easy way to spice up a dish. This pesto is garlicky, cheesy, and packed full of flavor.

If you don’t use it all in one sitting, you can store it in an air-tight jar and keep it in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.  In the links below, I included a couple of my favorite food processors, which make this pesto recipe a breeze.  You will love this pesto & will want a jar of it in your fridge at all times!

5-Minute Pesto

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author: Pasta Ragazza


2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
1/4 cup walnuts
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper


Place basil and cheese in the food processor container. Pulse until well-blended, about 30 seconds. Add in walnuts and garlic, and blend for another minute. Add in salt, pepper, and olive oil. Blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add more salt and pepper to taste if necessary.

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