Easy 5-Minute Blender Basil Pesto

Easy 5-Minute Blender Basil Pesto

Love adding fresh basil flavor to dishes year around or want to save money when making your own pesto? This Easy 5-minute Blender Basil Pesto is for you!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Rachel


  • 8 cups Italian basil packed loosely
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1-1 1/2 cups good oil enough to thin pesto
  • 3 tablespoons garlic 5-7 large cloves
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place all ingredients except oil into blender. (I love my BlendTec)
  2. Turn blender on to puree and immediately begin drizzling the olive oil into blender. Add as much oil is needed to have a smooth swirl in the center. 
  3. Use immediately or refrigerate/freeze* for later.

Recipe Notes

*Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 4 months. If freezing, pour into ice cubes or airtight freezer containers and freeze. Once Ice cube molds are frozen pop out and store in an airtight container in freezer.

If you like this recipe, you may also like these Baked Basil Pesto Chicken Bites:

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