Basic pesto made with basil, olive oil, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese. This recipe differs from the classic preparation by the addition of parsley. You can add a little extra Parmesan to the mixture if you like.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
2 cups


  • 3 cups packed fresh basil leaves

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ cup pine nuts

  • 4 cloves garlic


  1. Combine basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, parsley, pine nuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend to a smooth paste.

    close up view of Pesto in a bowl

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

92 Calories
9g Fat
1g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 92
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 54mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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