Fresh Basil Pesto by Colorful Eats

Fresh Basil Pesto



Fresh Basil Pesto by Colorful EatsFresh Basil Pesto by Colorful EatsI make fresh basil pesto so often, I never even use a recipe!  A friend was asking how I made it, so I finally wrote down my basic measurements for you all.  Personally, I like to make pesto without a recipe and adjust according to my taste.

Here is the deal—everyone’s taste buds and consistency preferences are different, which is why I recommend adjusting this recipe to fit your flavor profile.  I like my pesto thick but I know a lot of people like it a bit more runny, so for that you would just add more olive oil.

So what can you make with pesto, besides eating it by the spoonful?

Fresh Basil Pesto by Colorful EatsFresh Basil Pesto


  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. (Personally I start with about a half cup of olive oil and add more as needed so that it is not too runny, as basil is difficult to measure).
  • Use an hand-held immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  • Store in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

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