This homemade pesto is full of color and flavor, and is delicious over pasta, chicken, or fresh steamed veggies.
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
- 1/2 cup (50 g) grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 medium garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 cups (80 g) fresh basil leaves
- 3 Tablespoons (25 g) pine nuts
- Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- Place all ingredients, except salt and pepper, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
- Select Variable 1.
- Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 7.
- Blend for 1 minute, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
Recipe yields enough sauce to coat one pound of pasta.
This recipe has been written for the C-Series machines with Variable Speed control and Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.
Pesto Sauce is rated out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mike w from It's good but thick! We made this today! I was happy but would recommend adding more oil. It came out thick.
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jess19 from Great recipe! Thank You!! I was craving pasta at 9pm. I didn't want a heavy Mac and Cheese type sauce. Googled Vitamix Pesto and surprisingly had all the ingredients. I added cilantro because I had it. I added more salt and pepper once I mixed it with my noodles. Perfect! Easy! Love when I get to use my Vitamix. :) This may become a quick "go to" meal. Thanks for the recipes you provide. Very helpful!
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by mea17 from Perfect Pesto! Just made two batches of this pesto recipe because I have so much fresh basil. Read the other reviews and added a little more olive oil and extra garlic in the second batch- delicious!!! I have made pesto in a food processor and the Vitamix made it so much easier!
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by Peggy in NV from Easy Peasy. Such a simple no-fail recipe. I followed it exactly and it turned out perfectly. Next time I made it I was a bit short of basil, so added in some spinach. It was super green and tasted the same.
Date published: 2016-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jennifer Ellen from DELICIOUS! I made this last night with raw zucchini noodles. It was delicious! Very flavorful. I felt like I was eating pasta with pesto sauce. The pesto was a little thick, but I still really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alicecabalis from Delicious! I made this with frozen basil leaves and substituted pistachios for the pine nuts -- I added a bit more olive oil than it called for and used large garlic cloves, and presto! Delicious!
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by Gaurs from Pine Nut just pooled to the bottom of the containe Tried making this recipe today. The pine nuts just pooled to the bottom of the blender container and the leaves stuck to the side around the bottom. Didn't form a well blended mixture at all! Very disappointed
Date published: 2015-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by clrclo from Substitutions and still delicious I substituted sunflower seeds for the pine nuts and lime for the lemon. Great taste! I must agree with one of the other reviews, it is very thick. I used more olive oil and a little water.
Date published: 2016-07-25
Might one use something other than oil?
You can always try avocado or tofu in place of the oil, however this will not be a traditional pesto.
Date published: 2016-06-28
pesto sauce/serving for 2 in grams?
The serving for pesto sauce should be 60g for 2 servings.
Date published: 2016-02-18
|Serving Size||2 tbsp ( 30 ml )|
|Amount Per Servings|
|Total Fat||17 g|
|Saturated Fat||3 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||2 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|