Homemade pesto recipes

Once you’ve made pesto yourself, there’s no going back to the shop-bought stuff! Browse our homemade pesto recipes from basil to mint to watercress versions.

If you’re looking for a recipe to use your freshly-made pesto in, take a look at our 20 ways with pesto page.

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Wild garlic and hazelnut pesto  

Homemade pesto recipes

Wild garlic and hazelnut pesto  

Gill Meller’s four-ingredient wild garlic and hazelnut pesto takes just 10 minutes to make and...

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Watercress pesto

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Watercress pesto

We’ve used a mixture of watercress and basil in this pesto recipe for a lighter,...

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Hazelnut and mint pesto

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Hazelnut and mint pesto

Dunk fresh prawns into this nutty pesto or stuff it under chicken skin before cooking....

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Mint pesto

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Mint pesto

There’s no need for mint sauce with lamb – Simmone Logue’s mint pesto recipe brings...

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Pesto alla genovese

Pesto alla genovese

Made the traditional way – using a pestle and mortar – this classic pesto, from...

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Punchy pesto

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Punchy pesto

There’s nothing better than homemade pesto and this recipe, made with anchovies and capers, is...

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Marinated beef pesto

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Marinated beef pesto

Chef Peter Gordon’s famous beef pesto recipe has an international following — the soy and...

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Wild garlic pesto

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Wild garlic pesto

Swap your traditional pesto for this wild garlic recipe during the spring while the leafy...

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Classic basil pesto

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Classic basil pesto

You can vary this basil pesto recipe by using different herbs such as mint, coriander...

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Olive pesto

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Olive pesto

This pesto recipe, made with black olives, is perfect for spreading onto crostini for tasty...

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Tomato and chilli pesto

Tomato and chilli pesto

This spicy tomato pesto recipe, alongside our Roast tomato and black olive pasta sauce, makes...

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Kale and pecorino pesto

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Kale and pecorino pesto

Think pesto is all about the basil? This pesto recipe is made with kale, it’s...

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Artichoke pesto

Artichoke pesto

This quick and easy cheat’s pesto simply combines regular basil pesto with the  subtle flavour...

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