Dips & Sauces

Traditional Basil Pesto

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Total 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 15

This is a classic sauce that everyone should have in their recipe repertoire! Traditional Basil Pesto is so versatile. Of course you can use it on pasta, but it’s also delicious as a marinade and sauce for meats, vegetables or even tofu! Throw this on a sandwich or wrap too. It’s delicious on everything!


  • Contains Tree Nuts

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Tree Nuts

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  • 12 ounces Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups fresh basil, stems removed
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil


  • Step 1

    Install the disc spindle in the Precision Processor® Bowl. Place the reversible disc, shredding side up, on the spindle. Install the feed chute lid and place Parmesan cheese in feed chute. Select DISC, then use the pusher to push Parmesan through the chute. 

  • Step 2

    Remove feed chute lid, disc, and spindle from bowl, and install the chopping blade in the bowl. Add remaining ingredients, then install the feed chute lid. Select HIGH and run until program is complete. 

  • Step 3

    Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.