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How To Make Purple Basil Pesto

5 from 3 votes
Servings 1 lb 5 oz (600g)


  • 5 cloves garlic peeled
  • 3 ½ cups tightly packed purple basil leaves picked, washed and dried
  • ¾ cup almonds toasted
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup Parmesan finely grated
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the garlic, basil and almonds in the bowl of a food processor and process for around 20 seconds.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and lemon juice and continue to process whilst pouring in the olive oil.
  • Stop processing and take a spatula to scrape the mixture off the side of the bowl then process again for 20 seconds. Repeat this process of scraping the sides a few times or more until you have a good consistency and all the basil has been chopped.
  • Season with salt and pepper and pulse or process a couple more times.