Pesto, the green sauce that originated in Genoa, Italy, has become a staple in Italian cuisine and is loved by foodies all around the world.

Made with fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, this versatile sauce can be used in a variety of dishes. Whether you mix it with pasta, smear it on bread or use it as a marinade or dip, the bold flavor of pesto adds a burst of freshness to any dish. So, whether you're a fan of Italian cuisine or just love experimenting with flavors, pesto is one sauce you shouldn't miss out on!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

No cooking required




  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 30g parmesan cheese
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 100ml olive oil
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. If you're using a mortar, add the garlic and basil leaves and grind them into a smooth paste.

  2. Add the pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to the mortar and continue grinding until everything is well mixed.

  3. Gradually add the olive oil to the mortar while stirring continuously. Keep grinding until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  4. Finally, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and mix it well.

  5. If you're using a blender, add all the ingredients at once and blend until everything is well mixed and the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  6. Your pesto is ready! Use it as a dip, marinade or toss it with your favorite pasta. Enjoy the bold and fresh flavors of this classic Italian sauce!


Pesto is best when it's made fresh. You can store the pesto in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


We are Slawek Kalkraut and Krzysztof Szymanski, two Polish friends living in Ireland. Over our ten years of friendship, we’ve bonded over a mutual love of braving the elements to create mouthwatering meals. MenWithThePot started as an Instagram page where we shared our outdoor creations with friends and family but quickly snowballed into a passion project that people all over the world began to connect with. Our Tik Tok account took our little project to a whole new level and after designing and selling our very own knife, we decided to go all-in and commit to MenWithThePot full time.