JJ’s Homemade Pesto

There’s a billion recipes for pesto and then there is always the store bought brands. I’ve never tried the store bought versions but I imagine for me, it’s like store bought hummus, I hate it! Pesto is so easy to make yourself so pull out your food processor and whip up a batch. Measurements don’t have to be exact for this so just have fun.


  • large bundle of basil
  • parmesan cheese (i prefer whole parmesan and grate it myself in the food processor)
  • pine nuts
  • extra virgin olive oil

– If using whole parmesan, put the grater attachment on food processor and grate cheese. you’ll need about 2 cups (about 1 block of cheese). empty cheese out into a bowl.

– put blade back in food processor bowl and pour in 1 cup of pine nuts. pull leaves off basil stem and add to food processor (about a cup), add cheese in. season with a pinch of salt (not a lot because the cheese is a little salty) and cracked pepper.

– Place the lid on and set processor on puree setting. slowly drizzle in olive oil until it’s well blended and creamy. about 1/4 cup of olive oil.

Store your homemade pesto in the fridge for later use or enjoy over your favorite pasta right away!

Try JJ’s Homemade Pesto with linguine and shrimp for a quick and delicious meal.

Directions: cook linguine to desired texture drain pasta but save a cup of pasta water. heat a saute pan over medium heat. drizzle with olive oil. grate a few garlic cloves into pan (or finely chop garlic). add shrimp and let it cook until shrimp turns pink. about 5-10 minutes (shrimp cooks fast). pour shrimp, pasta and homemade pesto into a bowl and mix it all together. dilute with reserved pasta water if sauce is too thick, adding a little bit at a time.


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