Best-ever Homemade Basil Pesto

Keto Basil Pesto
Keto Basil Pesto

Homemade basil pesto doesn’t last very long in our home due to its versatility, dynamite flavour and the ease of which it can be thrown together. Spend two extra minutes toasting the pine kernels and lightly frying the rawness out of the chopped garlic and you will be good to go. Fresh homemade pesto is superior to anything you will buy in the store – nothing beats it. This recipe makes a small tub (approximately 175g / 6oz), or 4 servings as calculated.

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Carbs 1.2g | Fat 25g | Protein 4.4g
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Homemade Basil Pesto (Keto)

Deeply-flavoured homemade basil pesto, delicious when stirred through warm shirataki noodles, or combined with cream cheese and used to stuff a chicken breast. (For my UK readers, scroll to the end of the recipe to see image ads of the products I use.)
Course Sauces / Condiments
Cuisine General
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 70 g (2.5 oz) olive oil
  • 30 g (1 oz) pine kernels
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 40 g (1.4 oz) basil leaves
  • 30 g (1.1 oz) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • squeeze fresh lemon
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Have all your ingredients prepped and ready.
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  • Take one tablespoon from the measured olive oil and add to a pan along with the pine nuts and roughly chopped garlic. Cook over a moderate heat for a minute or two until the pine nuts and garlic turn golden. Set aside to cool slightly.
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  • Place the basil leaves, grated Parmesan and all the remaining olive oil to a small food processor. Tip in the roasted pine nuts and garlic, as well as the oil it was fried in. Add a generous squeeze of lemon.
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  • Blitz until smooth, stopping halfway to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Season with salt and black pepper.
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  • Store in the fridge for no longer than 3-4 days. There are plenty of recipes on this site that uses this pesto. Use the search bar to run a search on "pesto".

The pesto can be used immediately, or it can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. If you are a vegetarian or avoiding dairy, you can replace the Parmesan with a tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast Flakes.

A new-and-improved version of this delicious recipe features in my cookbook KETO KITCHEN.

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Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.2g | Protein: 4.4g | Fat: 25g

Best-ever Homemade Basil Pesto
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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         246Kcal / 1029kJ
Fat                                 25g
Carbohydrates              1.2g
Protein                           4.4g


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  1. I made this today to go with the pesto stuffed chicken and it was soooooo lovely. We have quite a bit left over and have my meals planned for the week so won’t use it. Can it be frozen?

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