Classic Pesto


Fresh basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese combine for a classic pesto recipe that's prepared in just minutes. Serve over 1 pound of pasta.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
3 /4 cup


  • 1 cup fresh basil

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts

  • 5 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine basil, oil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt in a food processor or blender. Mix until smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

305 Calories
32g Fat
2g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 305
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 332mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 79mg 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.