Pesto from Scratch with Pine Nuts

Pine nuts are an essential, fundamental ingredient for any pesto sauce. At Almondena we are proud to present buttery, sweet, crunchy and nutty pine nuts that outshine any others. They have a remarkable distinctive taste that make any pesto come alive when it is made from scratch.

There really is no substitute when it comes to making a true authentic pesto. Only Pine Nuts will do. Any fine chef will tell you that other nuts simply can’t hold their weight as part of a pesto recipe. Pine nuts add their own distinctive flavour to this amazing vibrant green sauce. As you taste the strong basil on your palette you’ll also be able to recognize the flavour of the pine nuts shining through.

Homemade pesto sauce

  • A large bunch (2 cups) fresh basil
  • A handful (1/3 cup) pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 fresh lemon (optional)

Pesto can be made in a few short minutes when you’re using a food processor or you can choose to use a mortar and a pestle instead if you have some extra time. Start with a large bunch of fresh basil, which amounts to approximately 2 cups, one clove of garlic and a handful, approximately 1/3 cup of pine nuts. Grind them with your mortar and pestle or drop them directly into your food processor. Stir in 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and then drizzle olive oil over the mixture until the sauce becomes bound. Salt-and-pepper to taste. You can also add one squeeze of pure lemon juice to add a slight tangy flavour to the pesto.

This is a basic recipe for pesto and many chefs use it as a base for creating their own specialized pesto sauces. If you want to make pesto sauce from scratch you’ll want to use only the freshest ingredients and the best pine nuts available on the market. The pine nuts will add a buttery and nutty flavor to the pesto that will pull all of the other flavours together perfectly.

At Almondena our pine nuts for pesto and other recipes are offered at wholesale prices and in bulk quantities. To find out more about placing an order please contact our distributor Qualifirst at 1-800-206-1177 or visit our website at The best pesto sauce always starts with fresh, premium ingredients.