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This is a closeup of the garden fresh pesto showing all the herbacious herbs.

Garden Fresh Pesto

  • Author: Sharon Matten - Kosher Everyday
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Plant Based
  • Diet: Kosher


This pesto has a little kick to it from the crushed red pepper.  For a milder, less spicy pesto reduce or omit the crushed red pepper and black pepper.



4 ripe plum tomatoes, cubed

1 cup fresh parsley leaves

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


Combine all the ingredients, except the olive oil, in a food processor bowl.

This is a photo of all the ingredients in the bowl of the food processor.

Pulse until ingredients are coarsely ground.

Add the olive oil and pulse until thoroughly combined.

What the ingredients look like completely ground

Transfer to container with a lid and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for flavors to blend.

Serve over your favorite healthy pasta. 


  • For a milder, less spicy pesto reduce or omit the crushed red pepper and black pepper
  • You can top the final dish with grated parmesan or shredded mozzarella for a delicious dairy dish!
  • I sometimes add more herbs than the recipe calls for.  Completely herbalicious!
  • I have trouble eating garlic lately, so instead of the extra virgin olive oil I use garlic flavored oil and omit the garlic.  It’s still delicious.
  • If you are interested in making Garden Fresh Pesto a little lighter, reduce the olive oil to 1/4 cup.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 45
  • Sugar: 0.4 g
  • Sodium: 2.9 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Pesto, Dairy Free, Vegan, Nut Free, Plant Based, Gluten Free


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