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  • 1 cup firmly packed basil leaves
  • 80 g extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to top
  • 50 g pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 60 g parmesan, cubed
  • Sea salt to taste

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Recipe's preparation

    Pesto Method
  1. Place parmesan cubes in TM bowl. Grate 10 sec, speed 9. Scrape out parmesan and set aside.

    Put garlic in TM bowl. Mince 3 - 5 sec, speed 7. Scrape down sides.

    Add basil, oil, pine nuts, and salt to TM bowl. Turbo pulse a few times until the desired consistancy is achieved.

    When evenly blended, stir in grated parmesan 5 sec, speed 5.

    Spoon pesto into clean dry screw top jars. Press down with the back of a spoon to ensure there are no air pockets and seal with a film of olive oil. Store in the refrigerator.


I usually use cashew nuts instead of pine nuts, just because I prefer the flavour.

If you have enough basil on hand, you can make 3x the quantities of this recipe successfully in the Thermomix at once.

The layer of oil on top creates a seal, so that air does not oxidise the basil leaves, keeping your pesto a bright green. However, if a little oxidisation does occur around the top, it does not effect the flavour at all and is still perfectly ok to eat.

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    Recipe is created for
    TM 31

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Basil Pesto



  • 20. April 2020 - 19:09

    This is fantastic. A great way to use up my excess basil. Thanks.

  • 18. April 2020 - 16:36

    So much basil in the garden
    The basil flavour was a bit powerful so I added spinach leaves... and hey pesto.

  • 16. April 2020 - 14:51

    I’m in the kitchen....and garden too.... picking fresh🌱basil.
    👍👍. Many🙏thanks for this yummy recipe.
    PS. this freezes really well.

  • 13. January 2020 - 19:25

    So delicious stir through chicken and broccoli, family loves it. Definitely no leftovers😋

  • 12. November 2019 - 20:33

    Yummy! I doubled the garlic and used macadamia nuts for a triple batch.

  • 22. September 2019 - 11:38

    A quick & tasty PESTO
    I used pepitas instead of pine nuts. Have made this twice and have stirred through stir fried chicken strips and zoodles. Yum!

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  • 28. March 2019 - 18:37

    This pesto is beautiful my kids love this.I will be using it with everything I can bring on the pasta dinners. Thanks for sharingSmile

  • 10. February 2019 - 11:30

    This recipe never disappoints

  • 13. January 2019 - 11:33

    Tastes great
    Made per recipe. Oil blended in well. Placed in small glass mason jar, covered with 2 teaspoons of oil to maintain colour. Used half for dinner last night to make a quick pasta dish with chicken and the pesto stirred through, yummo!

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