How to Make Authentic Pesto in 5 Minutes

by Lumi Aria

Make fresh pesto the traditional way in 5 minutes. No blender required. (Photos are borrowed from the Interwebs)


  • Fresh Basil
  • Garlic
  • Pine Nuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Pestle & Mortar (or Bowl & Rolling Pin)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Use the freshest ingredients you can find. Try to avoid dehydrated cheese powder like what they give you in pouches with delivery pizza. Invest in a $3-5 wedge from the deli. You won't regret it :)

    Step 2

    Wash and pat dry the basil leaves. Put about 20 basil leaves, 2 pieces of peeled garlic, and 3 tbsp pine nuts, 3 tbsp fresh grated Parmesan, and 2 tbsp olive oil in the bowl. *Serves 2 Pasta Dish.

    Step 3

    Grind to a fine and smooth consistency and add oil and salt to your liking to adjust the thickness and taste. Enjoy !! *Post a request if you are interested in growing your own countertop basil garden