Easy Garden Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe in Just 5 Minutes


Growing fresh basil is easy to do in both indoor and outdoor herb gardens. With proper growing and pruning of your basil plants, you'll have an abundant basil harvest. So what do you do with all that fresh basil? Make Basil Pesto! 

Fresh basil pesto in jar

Basil pesto is a natural complement to grilled meats and vegetables. It can be made into pesto butter and melted onto any hot dish. Fresh basil pesto adds an elevated flavor when used on sandwiches or baked into breads. And, of course, it can be added to all kinds of pasta.

Patty's Basil Pesto Recipe


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Place fresh basil leaves, garlic cloves, salt, and parmesan cheese into a food processor and pulse.  

Stop and scrape the sides with a rubber spatula. 

Start the food processor again and slowly pour in olive oil, and pulse until fully mixed.


Basil Pesto can also be made with nuts. Pinenuts are the most common nut to add to pesto. But walnuts or other nuts are also tasty. 

To adapt this recipe for nuts, add 1/3 cup of nuts with the basil.

Start growing basil indoors! 

This basil growing kit comes with everything you need to start your own basil plants from seed.   

Kit includes: 5 fiber planting pots, 5 expanding soil discs, 5 wooden plant markers, and 1 large packet of seeds.

This heirloom basil variety has been loved for generations. It's extremely productive and can be grown on a window sill, kitchen counter, greenhouse, raised beds, containers, and more.  

Home-grown Genovese Basil is hard to beat for flavor and nutrition. This kit will give you a delicious harvest of basil for pesto, marinara sauce, and other savory dishes.

Try different varieties of basil for a different flavor.  

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