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Classic Basil Pine Nut Pesto Recipe

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We love this simple but classic basil pine nut pesto recipe easy made in your Blendtec or Vitamix blender, no need to break out and clean your food processor (or buy one!).  

Toast the pine nuts for added flavor, and make sure not to over blend so watch your timing. You can use a good pesto sauce for any type of pasta, or as a spread for sandwiches.

It’s so good we mop up every last drop with a rustic or crusty bread!

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Basil Pine Nut Pesto Recipe in a Blendtec or Vitamix by @BlenderBabes

Basil Pine Nut Pesto

4 from 3 votes
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Course: Sauce
Author: Blender Babes


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon Celtic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Add ingredients to your jar in the order listed.
  • For Blendtec: Use your manuel keys and take it to speed 6, let it run between 15 and 30 seconds. Careful not to over blend.
  • For Vitamix: Start on speed 1, turn the machine on, slowly increase to speed 7 and let it run for 30 to 45 seconds. Press the ingredients into the blade with the tamper.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes

Both basil and pine nuts each offer nutritional benefits, but they’re not the only healthy ingredients in this classic pesto recipe. Olive oil is a large part of the heart healthy mediterranean diet.


Garlic supports the immune system and can help keep cholesterol under controlBasil provides antioxidant protection as well as anti-inflammatory effects. Pine nuts are a high protein nut that is an excellent source of vitamins B1 and B3manganese, copper, magnesium, molybdenum, and zinc.

Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner is the founder of Blender Babes®. She credits using a blender daily for helping her heal an unhealthy relationship with food. A passionate advocate for self-care, she is committed to helping others pursue optimal wellness by balancing and healing their bodies and minds. She offers several opportunities to help people improve their health including free challenges and downloads, a gentle whole foods 7 Day Blender Cleanse™ and her holistic mind, body and spirit Slim Down Solution™ Womens Coaching Programs.

8 thoughts on “Classic Basil Pine Nut Pesto Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    This pesto was delicious. I made it in the vitamix . I had a garden full of basil and this is so easy. It’s my new pesto go to recipe. I cut the salt and used 2 large cloves of garlic. Another reviewer added spinach. Great idea. I will try adding that next time.
    Thanks for the recipe.

    1. You are so welcome Lynn! I appreciate the feedback as it helps our community so much. 🙂 I love the idea of adding spinach too thanks for the reminder to try that the next time I make some pesto. Great way to use up fresh grown basil! Warmly ~ Tarashaun

  2. 4 stars
    Simple and fresh, but very garlicky. I enjoy that, but you may want to cut back to 2-3 cloves. To improve the nutritional value, I added 2 handfuls of raw baby spinach too – delicious!

    1. Love that idea Karen!! We’re garlic lovers over here so thank you so much for sharing your feedback for those that aren’t 😉 HAPPY BLENDING!

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