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Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

This creamy basil pesto sauce is easy to make with just a food processor. It's perfect over pasta, pizza, or vegetables.

Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

CREAMY BASIL PESTO SAUCE

Basil pesto is one of our favorite ways to top pasta and this creamy version is insanely good!

This recipe is a basic pesto with the addition of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and ricotta cheese. The cheeses add a richness that just takes pesto to a whole new level.

We love using fresh herbs which is why we are so fond of this creamy basil pesto sauce. It's fragrant, fresh, and just plain good.

The best thing about it is you can do more with it than just mix it into pasta! Use it as a dip or topping for veggies, as a sauce for pizza, or slather it over freshly baked crusty bread.

However you choose to enjoy this creamy pesto, I'm certain you will have nothing but good things to say about it.

Creamy Basil Pesto Pasta Sauce

CREAMY BASIL PESTO SAUCE RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

To make this creamy basil pesto recipe, you will need:

  • Basil: Fresh basil is the star here so pick the best looking leave you can find
  • Parsley: I used flat leaf parsley
  • Garlic: Because garlic is life
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese: It's the real deal parmesan cheese but if you can't find it just use a cheese labeled as "Parmesan"
  • Ricotta: Use full-fat ricotta cheese or the sauce will become dry
  • Olive oil: You can't have pesto without olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper: Needed to enhance the flavors
How to Make Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

HOW TO CREAMY BASIL PESTO SAUCE:

To make this creamy basil pesto, simply…

  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth. See how easy that is!
  2. Taste and adjust. You may want to add more salt and pepper.
  3. Use it right away or refrigerate it for later. Serve it with freshly cooked pasta.
Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce Recipe

WAYS TO USE CREAM BASIL PESTO:

There are quite a few ways you can serve this potsticker sauce recipe.

  • Mix into freshly cooked pasta.
  • Serve it as a dip for fresh vegetables.
  • Serve it as a topping over freshly cooked vegetables.
  • Spread it over hot crusty bread.
  • Use it as a sauce for pizza.

How to Refrigerate Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce: To refrigerate basil pesto, store it in a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Be sure to place a piece of plastic wrap over the pesto and press it down so it's flush against the surface before topping it with a lid.

Creamy Basil Pesto

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Yield: 1 cup

Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

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This creamy basil pesto sauce is easy to make with just a food processor. It’s perfect over pasta, pizza, or vegetables.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups freshly chopped basil, stems and buds discarded (about 2-3 bunches)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese, *
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Process basil, parsley, garlic, Parmigiano Reggiano, ricotta, oil, salt, and pepper in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap pressed against the surface and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  3. Serve in pasta, over vegetables, or as a sauce on a pizza.

Notes

*Use whole milk ricotta cheese or the pesto will be dry and possibly gummy.

Special equipment needed for this recipe: Food Processor.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

2 Tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 511mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g

Nutritional values here on our recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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