A Quick and Healthy Pesto Recipe You Can Make in 10 Minutes

This healthy pesto recipe is an easy way to get a lot of nutrition. The best part? It only takes 10 minutes!

Pesto is a flavorful sauce that can be used in a variety of dishes. It’s usually made with basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and garlic, and it’s a great way to add flavor to pasta, chicken, or fish. If you’re looking for a quick and healthy pesto recipe, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe can be made in just 10 minutes!

Allow me to back up just for a second or two here. When my brother asked my sisters and I to come over to make pesto, I thought it would be an hour or so. I mean, how long can it take right? It’s a ten minute recipe.

glass of wine with basil on table

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When I came around the corner, I saw piles! Huge piles of basil! This was not going to be a five-minute job as they say! 

large basil bush

We chatted, listened to Italian music, and drank a little wine! Of course! How fun does that sound! Then came the ‘plucking’, and more plucking! 

In full disclosure, technically, it would only take you 10 minutes to make, unless, of course, you are at my brother’s home! 

large bunch of basil

How Do You Make Healthy Pesto?

This recipe is perfect for a quick lunch or weeknight dinner. And it’s so versatile! Serve it with your favorite pasta, spread it on some toast, or use it as a dip for veggies. Get creative and enjoy!

basil with stems
Pluck only the best leaves leaving the wilted leaves for the compost

Ingredients You Will Need:

  •  4 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts (optional)
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, peeled (or as much as desired)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • ice cube

glass of wine with basil on table

A Quick and Healthy Pesto Recipe You Can Make in 10 Minutes

Healthy Pesto Recipe
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people


  • Food Processor
  • Bowl
  • Garlic Press
  • Paring Knife


  • 4 cups Fresh Basil
  • 3//4 cup Olive Oil Use a quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves Garlic cut garlic cloves in half ( as much as desired )
  • squeese Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesean Cheese
  • 1 Ice Cube This will help shock the basil to keep it green


  • Pluck 4 cups of fresh basil from plant
  • Add basil to food processor bowl
  • Blend with 3/4 cup of Olive oil
  • Mix in Garlic Cloves
  • Squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • Pulse until blended but not overly so (approximately 15 seconds)
  • Scrape down side of bowl and pulse for 5 more seconds
  • Add Ice Cube
Keyword healthy pesto recipe, pesto

basil in colander

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Is Pesto Actually Healthy?

Yes! Homemade pesto is a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables. It is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. In addition, pesto is a good source of healthy fats, which are beneficial for your heart and brain.

basil leaves in pot

basil leaves in food processor
Up Next Pulse the Leaves in Your Food Processor

Add olive oil, the basil leaves, several cloves of garlic, and a slight squeeze of lemon juice followed by some grated cheese. 

pesto with grated cheese

What Type of Pasta to Use for Your Healthy Pesto

When picking out pasta for your pesto sauce, there are a few things you’ll want to consider. First, decide what type of pasta you want to use. There are many different types of pasta, from thin spaghetti to thick fettuccine.

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing sauce, go with something like angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti. If you’re looking for a heartier dish, try using fettuccine or another thick pasta. And finally, consider the ingredients that you’ll be using in your pesto sauce. If you’re using lots of fresh herbs, go with a thinner pasta so the flavors can shine through. If you’re using more hearty ingredients like nuts and cheese, go with a thicker pasta to balance out the flavors.

pesto wtih tomatoe and mozzarella
To Sample Our Pesto, we Sliced Yellow Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Topped with Our Freshly Made Pesto
  • Tips:
  • toss in one ice cube which will shock the basil and keep it green rather than turning it brown.
  • If blanching first, dip the leaves in hot water for 2 minutes, then quickly place them in an ice bath.

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Pesto is the perfect way to use up all of those beautiful basil greens that are taking over your fridge. It’s also a great way to get in some healthy fats and protein, thanks to the addition of nuts or seeds. And if you make a big batch, you can have it on hand for quick meals all week long. So go ahead and whip up a batch of this easy pesto – we promise you won’t regret it!

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious! I can’t get over how beautiful and healthy your basil looks.

      1. Yum! I love fresh pesto. Hugs to you, my friend.

  2. I love basil pesto. It’s hard for too choose a favorite pesto because I enjoy spinach ans sundried tomato pest too.

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