How to Make Pesto

I recently received a Blendtec Designer Series Blender and I am absolutely loving it, trying everything from smoothies, to peanut butter, soup and now pesto. Fresh pesto is awesome and it is crazy easy to make in a blender. Use only the freshest ingredients and it will turn out wonderful. We use pesto in many different dishes:

  • pasta
  • pizza
  • paninis
  • bruschetta
  • on grilled chicken

Use it in place of a marinara sauce if you want a fresh basil type spin on your meal.

How to Make Pesto

Blendtec has a special Blendtec Twister Jar that is perfect for pesto. The Twister jar is specially made for thicker types of pastes and sauces and it had no problem at all with the pesto. It literally whipped this up in seconds.

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How to Make Pesto

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups fresh basil , packed
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Place all ingredients in blender. Pulse a few times. Push the basil down and pulse some more.
  • Continue to do this until the pesto is an even consistency.

Recipe adapted from Blendtec.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

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