Homemade Pesto

Homemade Pesto

Guilty pesto lover over here! I mean it’s the best topping for fish, chicken, veggies, anything! Plus, you use nutrient-dense herbs, like basil. Basil is full of antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatory, immune boosting properties, and aids in liver functions and cardiovascular function. Most of the time, we stick to using dried herbs, so it’s always fantastic when you can get some fresh herbs in dinner!

Have you come across hundreds of pesto recipes, but it calls for pine nuts and you don’t have any? Yeah, me too. When I went to search for a bag of them too, a little bag was $10! I could’ve spent that much, but I really didn’t want to. Not for a little bag of nuts at least.

So, you are able to enjoy this pesto recipe without the worry of getting pine nuts!


  • 2 Cups Basil (Slightly packed)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (Chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 of a Lemon (Juice)


  1. Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix!
  2. You don’t have to make it super smooth and creamy. I just like to pulse it until it’s well mixed.
  3. Ta-Da! Enjoy!


Lahana Vigliano

Lahana Vigliano

Lahana Vigliano is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and CEO of Thrival Nutrition. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science and currently pursing her Masters Degree in Nutrition Science and Functional Medicine. Lahana and her team help support women who struggle with weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and many other lingering issues that leaves women not feeling their best. She uses food as medicine, as well as herbs and supplements when needed, to support her clients. She looks at the whole body holistically making sure women are understanding how nutrition, sleep, stress, and their environment impact their health. Connect with her on Facebook + Instagram (@thrivalnutrition).