Pine Nut Basil Pesto with Argan Oil Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

Argan oil naturally has a nutty, savory flavor, which makes it a perfect ingredient for a simple and scrumptious pesto sauce. Read more about this Moroccan Argan oil in this Back to Basics post.

Photo and Recipe courtesy of Argania.

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Prep Details

Servings: almost 2 cups

Calories per serving: 72 per 2 tbsp per serving

Prep time: 25 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes


1 cup pine nuts, shelled

2/3 cups pecorino romano cheese, grated (can substitute parmesan)

2 cups basil leaves

1 clove of garlic , grated

175 ml Organic Argan Oil

1 tsp. lemon juice

½ tsp. kosher salt

pepper to taste


argan oil pesto

1. Roast pine nuts on stove top or in oven until browned

2. Grate garlic and cheese

3. Add roasted pine nuts, cheese, basil, garlic, and argan oil to blender or food processor and puree

4. Season with lemon juice, kosher salt, and pepper

5. Enjoy!

Pair it with your favorite pasta or bread (also great as a marinade or dressing)!