Basic Basil Pesto


Rich & chunky pesto with a robust nutty flavor. Great with toasted bread, pizza, or your favorite pasta! Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, stems removed

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Place pine nuts in a single layer in a dry skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer immediately to a plate to stop the cooking process; allow to cool, about 5 minutes.

  2. Combine pine nuts, basil, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until blended. Pour olive oil in slowly, with the processor running on low speed, until mixture is smooth. Add Parmesan cheese and process just until combined.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
22g Fat
2g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* 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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