Classic Basil Pesto

This intensely flavorful pesto recipe works great with pasta, sandwiches, summer vegetable medleys, and tomato-mozzarella stacks. It can also be made with other tender summer herbs such as cilantro, mint, or parsley in addition to or in place of the basil.

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  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • 1 cup olive oil


1. Combine basil, Parmesan, nuts, and garlic in food processor or blender. Pulse to mix, then run machine to finely chop. 

2. With machine running, slowly add oil through feed tube. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. 

3. Let pesto stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 232
  • Carbohydrate Content 2 g
  • Cholesterol Content 6 mg
  • Fat Content 24 g
  • Fiber Content 0.5 g
  • Protein Content 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 103 mg
  • Sugar Content 0.5 g

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