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5-Minute Pesto Recipe & 15 Ways To Use It | Creme de la Crumb

Easy 5-Minute Pesto {Plus 15 GENIUS ways to use it!}

Quick and easy creamy pesto you can whip up in 5 minutes or less!
Course Sauce / Condiment
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Tiffany


  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup Diamond of California Pine Nuts
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth. Serve immediately or cover and store chilled.


Yields about 1 cup of pesto.
If you want to be conservative on the salt, start with 1/4 teaspoon. Taste and add more as desired.
Additional lemon juice can be added for a more "lemony" flavored pesto - so good!