Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Pesto recipe

Pesto is a simple pasta sacue to make. This easy pesto recipe is made with basil, parmesan cheese, pinenuts and garlic and is made in a food processor.



  • 3 standard bunches of basil, approx. 3 packed cups
  • 100g pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


Pull all leaves off bunches of basil, leaving the stems.
Place leaves in food processor and pulse a couple of times.

Add garlic, parmesan and pine nuts, pulse in processor until it looks a little on the saucy-side.

Put processor on medium speed, and slowly trickle in olive oil whilst processing - this will cause the mix to expand a little.


  • I made this in literally 15 minutes. I made 2 batches, and had everything in the freezer and dishes washed in 40 minutes.
  • You can freeze this recipe – it will easily defrost in about 1.5 hours or even heat frozen in a saucepan when you want pesto in a hurry.
  • For a bit of a twist, try adding sundried tomatoes at cooking time if you wish!
  • To freeze, place 1/4 cup measures of the pesto into zip lock bags and squeeze as much air out as possible - this will feed 5-6 people with 4 cups of uncooked pasta.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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