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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

Blender Babes
4 from 3 votes
Course Sauce


  • 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
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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.

Basil Pine Nut Pesto Recipe in a Blendtec or Vitamix by @BlenderBabes
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Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner is the Founder and CEO of Blender Babes. A former roadshow representative for a leading blender company, Tarashaun started Blender Babes in 2012 after discovering how instrumental a high-powered blender was in getting her personal health back on track. Physically and emotionally transformed from her journey back to health, Tarashaun vowed to help others find wellness. She is committed to thoroughly test and review the best blenders and healthy lifestyle products on the market to help her community make the best choices for themselves and family. Tarashaun offers several free resources to help people use their blender to get healthy including a 7 Day Superfood Smoothie Challenge. Blender Babes has also negotiated special deals and offers for products they love most.

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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