Dead easy homemade pesto recipe

Pesto is one of those incredibly delicious things that cost an arm and a leg if you buy a jar, but is super simple to make at home, costs WAY less, and taste WAY better than virtually any storebought alternative. Let’s go!

A pesto is some nuts, some cheese, some herb, salt and oil blended together. That’s it.

Ramson pesto with toasted hazelnuts and Wästerbotten cheese

And because it’s so stupid simple, a normal food blog would use this opportunity to force feed you 3 pages of anecdotal drivel about how they got this recipe from their cousin’s friend’s Italian nonna so they can show you some annoying ads. Fuck that shit.


  • 1 solid handful fresh herbs, coarsely chopped
  • 50 g roasted nuts
  • 50 g mature hard cheese
  • 50 g quality oil


Simply rinse your herbs, stick all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Add little by little oil until you can blend things properly. Season with salt and fresh lemon juice.

Classic pestos

  • Basil, Parmesan, pine nuts or walnuts, garlic clove
  • Parsley, 2 anchovy fillets, Parmesan, hazelnuts
  • Sun dried tomatoes, black olives, rosemary, almonds, , balsamico, garlic clove
  • Nordic pesto: Ramson, Parmesan or Wästerbotten, hazelnuts

You can basically take any fresh herb, pair with some roasted nuts and cheese and make your own 100 % custom pesto.

Put in a lidded jar, cover the pesto with a bit of oil, and it should keep well in the fridge for months. Theoretically at least, cause they sure as hell don’t last that long at our place 😉

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