Homemade basil pesto in a Polish pottery bowl with a wooden spoon from Gourmet Done Skinny

Easy Healthy Homemade Pesto

  • myWW Points:2 Smart Points per tablespoon for all plans
  • Author: Amy Lawrence
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: none
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 6 Tablespoons 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Italian


This healthy homemade basil pesto paste is super easy to make! It’s a great flavor enhancer for pasta, soups, stews, chicken, beef and more! Freeze it into cubes so you can add it anytime you need flavor!



  • 2 c. firmly packed fresh basil leaves, washed, no stems or blooms
  • 23 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 c. grated parmesan
  • 1/4 t. kosher salt
  • 1/8 t. black pepper – I like mine with a little zip, use less if you don’t
  • 3 T. quality extra virgin olive oil (I use Hojiblanca from Trio Carmel)


  1. Wash basil and pat dry. Place in food processor.
  2. Add garlic, parmesan, salt and pepper.
  3. Process until finely chopped.
  4. Transfer to a small bowl, add olive oil and combine well. (Note: if you add oil to food processor and over process, your pesto will be bitter, so just stir it in.)
  5. Place in ice cube trays and freeze.  Or store in refrigerator for a few days.  Makes about 6 tablespoons.