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Lemon Basil Pesto

Quick and easy to make with fresh ingredients, this homemade lemon basil pesto sauce is perfect for all of your dipping, spreading and marinating needs!
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Course: Condiment, Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Betty Davies


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Place all the ingredients apart from the oil into a food processor or blender.
  • Blend on high speed until you form a paste.
  • With the blade running on low, slowly pour in the olive oil to form a sauce.
  • Store or serve.


  • Use the freshest ingredients you can for the best flavors.
  • Add in the olive oil slowly whilst processing on a smooth speed so that you can control the consistency.
  • Taste before serving and adjust salt, pepper or lemon juice to suit your taste.
  • Nutritional values are an estimate only.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg