Classic Basil Pesto (Low Carb | Keto | Easy)

Classic Basil Pesto (Low Carb | Keto | Easy)

This classic basil pesto is easy to make and tastes infinitely better than the ones you buy at the store. It can be used as a spread, dressing, dip or a sauce.

Perfecting Pesto…

There’s not many tips I can give you guys on perfecting pesto, simply because it is just so straight forward to make.

However, I highly recommend having all the ingredients all ready and measured out before starting, and I assure you, that you’ll be amazed at how quickly homemade pesto comes together.

Ingredients Required…

  • Pine Nuts – Traditional, classic pesto uses pine nuts. I lightly toast them first, to add a richer flavor to pesto. The downside of pine nuts is their price. They are expensive, so I only use a handful of them at a time. However, you can also use almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews or walnuts in place of them.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves – I like to have fresh herbs readily available for my cooking adventures, so I buy potted herbs. But, if you only need the basil for this recipe, then you can buy it pre-packaged from most supermarkets.
  • Olive Oil – This recipe requires a mild oil. I use the traditional ingredient; extra virgin olive oil, but it can be substituted for avocado oil instead.
  • Lemon Juice – I always add lemon juice to this pesto. You can try it without it, but I personally think it’s even more delicious with just a squeeze of acidity.
  • GarlicFresh garlic improves the taste of this recipe. However, if you don’t have any on hand, use garlic granules instead.
  • Parmesan cheese – This slightly nutty, salty cheese is the cheese of choice in most pesto recipes. It’s mild and just works perfectly with basil.
  • Salt and Pepper – Season with salt and pepper, and adjust the quantities depending on your taste buds.

What To Have With It…


Ok, not quite anything. But it’s perfect to:

Storing Pesto…

This pesto can store in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days.

Alternatively, pour it into ice-cube trays, cover with a freezer-proof bag, and freeze it for up to 6 months. Just note that if you freeze it, then it has to be thawed at room temperature for a few house, before you use or cook with it.

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Classic Basil Pesto

This classic basil pesto is easy to make and tastes infinitely better than the ones you buy at the store. It can be used as a spread, dressing, dip or a sauce.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: American, British, Italian
Keyword: basil, classic, keto, low carb, pesto
Servings: 8 (make 1 cup)
Calories: 126kcal


  • 40g (¼ cup) pine nuts
  • 42g (2 cups) fresh basil leaves
  • 80ml (⅓ cup) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) lemon juice
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 33g (⅓ cup) parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  • In a small, dry frying pan toast the pine nuts on a low-medium heat. Toast for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until very lightly browned.
  • In a food processor, blend the basil and toasted pine nuts together.
  • With the motor running on a low, add the lemon juice, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper..
  • Once blended, keep the machine on a low, and slowly pour in the olive oil and continue to blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides, as needed.
  • Serve straight away, or refrigerate until desired.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories:  126
Fat:  12.9g
Carbohydrates:  1.3g
Fiber:  0.3g
Net Carbs:  1g
Protein:  4.1g

Nutritional Disclaimer
Please note, I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional information for this recipe is provided for informational purposes only. I aim to provide the most accurate information possible, but I advise you calculate the nutritional information yourself using your favorite nutrition calculator.

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