Fresh Homemade Basil Pesto recipe

Here is a delicious Homemade Basil Pesto recipe which is super simple to make which you can use to make pasta, spread over sandwiches and wraps or even a pesto bread.

Archana Doshi
2963 ratings.

The Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe is something that make every home and every pasta or every dish that has this refreshed! Nothing like home made pesto, with fresh ingredients like basil and herbs and ground with your favorite nut like walnut or almonds or pine nuts. I have used just basil in this pesto recipe, but you can add, parsley, mint, basil, coriander and make it a herbed pesto, it tastes delicious as well and adds a twist to the original recipe.

Cuisine: Continental
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

30 M


10 Servings


  • 200 grams Basil leaves , with stems removed
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts , toasted
  • 4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Chilli powder , or black pepper corns
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese , grated (optional)

How to make Fresh Homemade Basil Pesto recipe

  1. To begin, making the Basil Pesto Recipe we will first have to grind all the ingredients together.

  2. Place the walnuts, garlic, basil leaves, salt, cumin powder, red chilli powder in the food processor along with some water, olive oil and churn until coarse texture or a smooth texture - as per your personal choice.  

  3. If you are using Parmesan, add it once the pesto is purred and blend again until combined.

  4. Serve the basil pesto along with your favorite pasta or use it as your recipe call it from sandwiches, breads, baked dishes, wraps and more.

  5. Store the Fresh Basil Pesto in the refrigerator and use as and when required to make salads, tarts and even pastas.