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Basic Pesto recipe

Pesto is a very herbaceous spread which can be used in many ways. I remember first seeing a recipe in a kids cooking book about pesto. Thought to myself, must be simple enough to be included in a kids cooking book.
Pesto needs only 3 ingredients – fresh parsley, pine nuts and garlic. Some lemon juice and jalapeno complete the pesto. I sometimes try to enhance pesto by adding toasted walnuts along with pine nuts. Pesto also stays good in the fridge for several weeks. It can also be frozen for several months. 
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Condiments and Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 8 oz Jar


  • Blender


  • 2 cups Curly leaf Parsley packed
  • 1/2 cup Pine nuts toasted
  • 10 pieces Walnuts (optional) toasted
  • 3 pods Garlic peeled
  • 1 large Jalapeno
  • 2 tbsps Lemon juice


  • Toast the pinenuts and walnuts and keep aside
  • In a blender, add the parsley, toasted nuts, garlic, jalapeno and blend to a smooth paste with 1-2 tbsps of water
  • Add the lemon juice and salt to taste and mix very well